National Grid says the UK needs tens of thousands of data analysts and renewable energy engineers over the next ten years to stand a chance of hitting net zero.
In all, the UK energy sector will require 117,000 new workers between now and 2030, according to a new report, Building the Net Zero Energy Workforce.
In a system dominated by distributed renewable power and storage, and with reduced spinning reserve, forecasting and matching supply and demand will become even more crucial. Hence, at least 65,000 new workers will be needed “to fill new roles such as data analytics to forecast energy demand and engineers with expertise in renewables”, states the report.
The remaining 52,000 are to replace those that leave the sector, though National Grid said it would invest to retain and retrain staff.
See the report here.