The nuclear power industry’s new build programme has the potential to almost double the number of UK jobs across the civil nuclear sector. New figures published by the Nuclear Industry Association 2017 employment survey shows that the Hinkley Point C, Wylfa Newydd and Moorside new build projects could create more than 50,000 job opportunities during construction, with at least 3,000 permanent roles spread across the three sites once operational. Currently there are 1,500 workers on site at Hinkley Point C and overall the project is due to create 25,000 job opportunities. Additionally, NuGeneration’s Moorside programme in Cumbria will create 20,000 jobs during construction and Horizon Nuclear Power estimate 6,000 people will be on site at Wylfa Newydd during the peak construction phase of the project. The Government’s commitment to a wide-ranging industrial strategy was reiterated in the Queen’s Speech, and the NIA believes the nuclear sector has an important role to play in delivering a strategy which will “spread prosperity and opportunity across the country”. As the 2017 Nuclear Jobs Map demonstrates, the industry is spread across the country and the sector will help drive a number of the Government’s 10 pillars of industrial strategy, with jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction and decommissioning and world-leading expertise being exported across the world. Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, commented: “We know new nuclear will help ensure the lowest-cost route to decarbonisation, generating the reliable, round the clock, low carbon electricity the UK needs.
Scottish Energy News 27th June 2017 read more »
The civil nuclear industry employs almost 16,000 people in Cumbria, according to a new study. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has just published the 2017 version of its annual ‘job map’, which shows where each of the 65,000 people in the UK’s sector is employed. The organisation has also said that new build projects – such as the £10bn proposal for a power plant in Moorside, near Sellafield – have the potential to double the number of jobs in the industry.
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