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Wind energy recruitment in the UK: A booming sector

As the world grapples with climate change, the United Kingdom is at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution.

Wind energy, both onshore and offshore, plays a pivotal role in this transformation.

This burgeoning sector is not only crucial for meeting the UK’s climate goals but also presents significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

As a wind energy recruitment specialist in the renewable space, understanding the dynamics of wind energy and its implications for the job market is essential.

The UK wind energy landscape

Onshore wind 

Onshore wind energy has been a cornerstone of the UK’s renewable energy strategy.

As of 2023, the UK boasts over 14 gigawatts (GW) of installed onshore wind capacity, with more than 7,000 turbines spread across the country. These installations generate around 30 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually, enough to power approximately 8 million homes.

Despite its success, onshore wind development has faced regulatory challenges and opposition due to visual and environmental concerns.

However, the UK government’s recent policy shifts aim to streamline planning processes, potentially unlocking further growth in this sector.

Offshore wind 

The UK leads the world in offshore wind energy, with an installed capacity exceeding 10 GW as of 2023.

Offshore wind farms harness stronger and more consistent winds, resulting in higher energy outputs.

The UK’s ambitious target is to reach 40 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, which would significantly contribute to the country’s net-zero goals.

Major offshore wind projects, such as the Hornsea Project One and the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, illustrate the scale and potential of this sector.

These projects not only generate vast amounts of clean energy but also create thousands of jobs across construction, maintenance, and operations.

Wind energy sector recruitment

Growing demand for skilled professionals

The rapid expansion of wind energy in the UK is driving a surge in demand for skilled professionals.

According to the RenewableUK’s annual report, the sector is expected to support up to 27,000 jobs by 2030.

This includes roles in engineering, project management, environmental consultancy, and logistics.

Key roles in onshore wind

  1. Project Managers: Overseeing the planning, execution, and completion of wind projects.
  2. Wind Turbine Technicians: Maintaining and repairing turbines to ensure optimal performance.
  3. Environmental Consultants: Conducting impact assessments and ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.
  4. Electrical Engineers: Designing and implementing electrical systems for wind farms.

Key roles in offshore wind

  1. Marine Engineers: Specializing in the design and maintenance of offshore structures.
  2. Geotechnical Engineers: Analyzing seabed conditions to support turbine foundations.
  3. Health and Safety Officers: Ensuring the safety of operations in the challenging offshore environment.
  4. Logistics Coordinators: Managing the complex supply chains associated with offshore projects.

Skills and training

The wind energy sector requires a highly skilled workforce, often necessitating specific qualifications and training.

Many universities and training providers in the UK offer specialised courses in renewable energy, engineering, and marine sciences.

Additionally, initiatives like the Offshore Wind Skills Academy aim to bridge the skills gap by providing targeted training programs.

Challenges and opportunities

Addressing the skills gap

One of the primary challenges in the wind energy sector is the skills gap.

There is a pressing need for more trained professionals to meet the growing demand. Collaboration between industry, government, and educational institutions is crucial to developing a robust talent pipeline.

Gender diversity and inclusion

Another significant challenge is improving gender diversity and inclusion within the sector.

According to a report by the Global Wind Energy Council, women represent only 21% of the workforce in wind energy globally.

Promoting diversity and inclusion is not only a moral imperative but also enhances innovation and performance within teams.

Regional opportunities

Different regions in the UK present unique opportunities for wind energy development and job creation.

Scotland, with its vast wind resources, is a hub for both onshore and offshore projects.

The Humber region, known as the UK’sEnergy Estuary,is a key location for offshore wind manufacturing and logistics.

The future of wind energy recruitment

The future of wind energy recruitment in the UK looks promising, driven by ambitious government targets and substantial investment in renewable infrastructure.

As the sector grows, the demand for a skilled, diverse, and adaptable workforce will continue to rise.

For recruitment specialists, staying abreast of industry trends, fostering partnerships with educational institutions, and promoting inclusive hiring practices will be essential.

At Astute People, we are committed to supporting the wind energy sector by connecting talented professionals with exciting career opportunities.

As the UK leads the charge towards a greener future, the wind energy sector offers a dynamic and rewarding career path for those ready to contribute to this vital cause.


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  2. UK Government. (2023).Renewable Energy Statistics.”
  3. Energy Saving Trust. (2023).Wind Power in the UK.”
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  7. RenewableUK. (2023).Renewable Energy Jobs Report.”
  8. Offshore Wind Skills Academy. (2023).Training Programs.”
  9. Global Wind Energy Council. (2023).Women in Wind Global Leadership Program.”
  10. Humber LEP. (2023).Humber: The UK’s Energy Estuary.”

About the author

Tim Norford is Head of Renewable Recruitment at Astute People and specialises in senior-level recruitment on a permanent and contract basis across the sector.

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