Approximately 6.3 million jobs in the UK, about one in five, are likely to be affected either positively or negatively by the transition to a green economy, according to a new jobs tracker. The Just Transition Jobs Tracker has identified the number of current jobs requiring significant upskilling, and those that will be in high demand, as a result of the push to net-zero emissions to tackle the climate crisis. The data suggests that moving to a green economy has the potential to lead to an increased number of UK jobs, if jobs at risk can be upskilled appropriately. Crucially, the tool identifies the sector by sector job implications for over 200 local authorities across the country, enabling policymakers, businesses and trade unions, civil society and citizens to see how their areas could be impacted. The tool was developed by researchers from the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), as part of recent work on how to mobilise finance to support a green economy. It uses data based on the UK jobs market in 2019. The tracker, which was published today, is designed to help policymakers, employers and trade unions to prepare for the likely changes to the jobs market. The analysis was conducted by researchers from the University of Leeds and LSE’s Grantham Research Institute.
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