With the general mood about the economy remaining less than optimistic, it is good to hear that the state of the green economy in the UK, driven by low carbon businesses, is proving to be a success. Low-carbon and environmental employment is now amongst the most popular sectors to get involved in, offering fulfilling job opportunities.
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As students embark on a new adventure at university, many of them will have decided on subjects that take the environment and world we live in into consideration. This strong will to preserve our planet and come up with more efficient ways of powering our devices and making use of our resources is certainly a cause for hope.
A major new report has recently been published by the Green Alliance, which has outlined the level of success the nation’s green companies have managed to generate over the past year.
The results show that these low carbon businesses are up there with the biggest employers in the UK and now account for nearly 10 percent of activity in the economy. Not only is this great to hear, that people are starting to realise the importance of working together on this initiative, but also that workers want to devote their careers towards a more sustainable future.
The think tank report utilises official figures obtained from the government to make a summary of the current standing of the green economy, finding that the sector has enjoyed a period of growth, at around four to five percent since 2008 when the financial crisis began.
The ability to buck the overall trend has been a great encouragement to those firms involved in this sector and as it is now worth a staggering £122 billion (2011 estimate), there has never been a better time to get involved in work that is so fulfilling, not to mention secure – with a bright future ahead of it. The green economy workforce stands at a higher level than those in the telecommunications and auto industries, with low-carbon and environmental employment being amongst the most popular sectors to get involved in.
For those considering their career in this field, there are plenty of possibilities available at the moment. This may be in environmental management, sustainability or health and safety. In fact there are now dedicated recruitment companies specialising in green economy jobs, so it is easier than ever to get in touch with recruiters looking to take on more staff.
There is certainly a lot that can be said for such a career and there has never been a better time than now to seriously consider your options in this area.
The article was written by Paul Croft, a consultant for a leading recruitment specialist in the green economy sector specialising in energy jobs.