Within the North West region approximately 59,900 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 13.9% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England, and is the second highest regional share behind the West Midlands. There are also 6,920 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.
24% of the energy and utility workforce in the North West is female, compared with 46% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:
- 16% of the power workforce is female
- 27% of the upstream gas workforce
- 19% of the waste management workforce
- 28% of the water workforce
97.8% of the regional workforce is White, with just 2.2% from other ethnic groups. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is slightly higher than the UK average with 2% more employees holding Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications than the UK average.
29.9% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce has skills gaps, including team working, written communication and technical, practical and job specific skills.
Source: Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stage 1 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stages 1-3 Summary Report – North West