25 March 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT statement on Offshore Wind Industry Council job creation estimates
OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT today responded to figures produced by the Offshore Wind Industry Council estimating that nearly 44,000 direct and indirect jobs could be created in the industry over the next five years.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The offshore wind sector deal in 2019 estimated that offshore wind would employ 27,000 people by 2030, so including supply chain jobs such as seafarers and divers in estimates for this key green growth industry is a positive step.
“But we need much greater ambition from Government to guarantee employment and apprenticeships throughout the UK supply chain at the lucrative leasing stages currently overseen by Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland.
“That jobs guarantee should apply to the construction of turbine foundations, towers and blades in the UK. This would really turbo charge jobs, skills and diversity and protect the fragile future of facilities such as Vestas in the Solent that currently lose out when developers choose to send contracts thousands of miles away to the UAE or China. Voluntary local content targets are no substitute for an interventionist procurement strategy that creates jobs for all.”
- RenewableUK state that the offshore industry currently employs a total of 26,000 people. RUK estimate that this will rise to 69,800 by 2026. https://www.renewableuk.com/news/557871/More-than-69000-jobs-and-60-billion-private-investment-in-UK-offshore-wind-by-2026.htm
- The Offshore Wind Sector Deal published in March 2019 stated that “The sector estimates that offshore wind could support 27,000 jobs across the UK by 2030.” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/offshore-wind-sector-deal/offshore-wind-sector-dealhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/offshore-wind-sector-deal/offshore-wind-sector-deal
- The Offshore Wind Sector deal has a target of 60% UK content by 2030.
- The North Sea Transition Deal published by the Government yesterday states that “The sector will set its own voluntary target of 50% UK content, including capital investment, over the lifecycle of all low-carbon projects, and offshore decommissioning, as well as 30% for locally sourced technology.” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/north-sea-transition-deal
- Contracts for manufacturing turbines on the Seagreen offshore wind farm, part owned by SSE and Total have been awarded to Lamprell of UAE and two Chinese companies https://www.offshorewind.biz/2020/10/01/lamprell-cuts-into-seagreen-steel/