Within the London region approximately 47,100 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 11% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England. There were also 5,880 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.
19.8% of the energy and utility workforce in London is female, compared with 41.6% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:
- 23% of the power workforce is female
- 23% of the upstream gas workforce
- 18% of the waste management workforce
- 16% of the water workforce
83.7% of the regional workforce is White and 16.3% is from other ethnic groups. London has the most ethnically diverse energy and utilities workforce of any region or nation of the UK. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is significantly different from the UK average with 6% less employees holding Level 2 qualifications and 6% more holding low (NVQ Level 1) or no qualifications than the UK average.
13.7% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce has skills gaps, including technical, practical and job specific skills, team working and management skills.
Source: Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stage 1 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stages 1-3 Summary Report – London