‘Green Hiring Boom’: New research reveals green hiring grows six-fold in four years

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As the climate crisis and net zero targets continue to drive debate, the latest Hiring Trends Index report, a quarterly survey of 1,011 HR decision makers from Totaljobs reveals that there is more demand for green skills in the UK economy than ever before.

Totaljobs’ own recruitment data shows that since 2019, there has been a 677 per cent increase in top sustainability-related roles, such as sustainability manager, engineer, or consultant.

In addition, Totaljobs has found that job descriptions across different industries use phrases related to sustainability 80 per cent more than on average.

The most common phrases included in job descriptions are climate change, green, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, carbon footprint, carbon neutral, environmental and sustainable.

To meet this demand, over 1 in 5 (23 per cent) businesses say they are actively increasing the number of ‘green roles’ within their business. This figure goes up to over 2 in 5 (43 per cent) for large businesses. However, when it comes to green skills, less than 1 in 5 (17 per cent) businesses currently offer training.

Eco-engaged employees

The majority (82 per cent) of employees want their employer to address climate change, with Millennials (ages 27 to 42) being significantly more eco-conscious than other generations, followed by Gen Z (ages 11 to 26).

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