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South East

Within the South East region approximately 55,900 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 12.8% of the total energy and utilities workforce in England. There were also 6,040 energy and utilities businesses based within the region.

24% of the sector in the South East is female, compared with 43% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the energy and utility industries:

  • 27% of the power workforce is female
  • 31% of the upstream gas workforce
  • 18% of the waste management workforce
  • 26% of the water workforce

97.1% of the sector workforce in the region is White, with just 2.9% from other ethnic groups. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is slightly higher than the UK average with 4% more employees holding Level 3 and above qualifications than the UK average. This is partially offset by 5% less employees holding intermediate qualifications at Level 2 than the UK average.

17.9% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce has skills gaps, including customer handling, team working 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 – South East