Within the West Midlands region approximately 60,000 people work in the energy and utilities sector, representing 10% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England. There are also 5,305 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.
28% of the energy and utility workforce in the West Midlands is female, compared with 43% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:
- 33% of the power workforce is female
- 36% of the upstream gas workforce
- 20% of the waste management workforce
- 28% of the water workforce
93.1% of the regional workforce is White, with just 6.9% from any other ethnic groups. While still below the average for all sectors, there is a higher percentage of black or minority ethnic employees in the West Midlands energy and utilities sector than across the UK as a whole. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is very similar to the UK average with 50% of employees holding Level 3 and above qualifications.
15.7% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce has skills gaps, including: office/administration skills; oral communication; and written communication skills.
Source: Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stage 1 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stages 1-3 Summary Report – West Midlands