Within the Yorkshire and Humber region approximately 42,500 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 9.9% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England. There are also 5,310 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.
24% of the energy and utility workforce in the Yorkshire and Humberside is female, compared with 44% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:
- 25% of the power workforce is female
- 31% of the upstream gas workforce
- 18% of the waste management workforce
- 24% of the water workforce
97.1% of the regional workforce is White, with just 2.9% from other ethnic groups. In terms of highest qualifications held the energy and utilities workforce of Yorkshire and Humber is very similar to that across the UK with 50% holding a Level 3 or higher qualification.
56.5% 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, written communication skills and customer handling. Yorkshire and Humber had the highest percentage of skills gaps of any region in England.
Source: Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stage 1 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement Stages 1-3 Summary Report – Yorkshire and Humberside