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