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East of England

Within the East of England region approximately 50,700 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 11.8% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England. There are also 6,660 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.

24% of the energy and utility workforce in the East of England is female, compared with 43% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:

  • 30% of the power workforce is female
  • 17% of the upstream gas workforce
  • 20% of the waste management workforce
  • 30% of the water workforce

97.7% of the regional workforce is White, with just 2.1% from other ethnic groups. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is quite different from the UK average, with 8% less employees holding Level 3 or above qualifications but 11% more holding intermediate qualifications at Level 2.

25% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce has skills gaps, including customer handing, problem solving and numeracy skills.

Source: Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stage 1 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stages 1-3 Summary Report – East of England