Within the South West region approximately 50,700 people work in the energy and utilities sector. This represents 11.8% of the total workforce in England. There are also 8,680 energy and utilities businesses based within the region. 24% of the workforce in the South West is female, compared with 44% of the region’s entire workforce. Across the industries:
- 24% of the power workforce is female
- 22% of the upstream gas workforce
- 19% of the waste management workforce
- 33% of the water workforce
98.7% of the regional workforce is White, with just 1.3% from any other ethnic groups. This was the second least ethnically diverse energy and utilities regional workforce in the UK. The qualifications profile of the regional energy and utilities workforce is very similar to the UK average, with 50% holding Level 3 and above qualifications.
37.4% of existing regional energy and utilities employers believe that at least some of their current workforce possesses skills gaps, including oral communication skills, written communication skills and management skills.
Source: Energy & Utility Skills, Sector Skills Agreement 2006 and Energy & Utility Skills Sector Skills Agreement – South West 2008