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Manchester in top three for green jobs

Analysis of job vacancies over the last year have revealed that Manchester currently has the third largest share of the UK green job market, while vacancies in solar power have sky-rocketed.

Analysis of job vacancies over the last year have revealed that Manchester currently has the third largest share of the UK green job market, while vacancies in solar power have sky-rocketed. 

Job search engine Joblift identified 53,000 vacancies associated with environmental and climate protection, particularly concerning renewable energy, in the last 12 months.

This represents a “slow but sure” annual increase of one per cent, the company said.

Manchester has a three per cent share of the market, making it third in the UK after Bristol and London. 

Green jobs are also “harder to fill” than other vacancies, Joblift said, taking on average three days longer to fill than the overall UK average. 

Solar boom

Breaking the vacancies down by sub-sectors, Joblift revealed that bioenergy made up most green vacancies in the last year (9 per cent). The second biggest area is solar power (7 per cent), followed by wind power (5 per cent). 

Notably, the solar sector has seen a 22 per cent average monthly increase in job vacancies in the last year - 11 times the UK average.

This may partly be due to a rush to install solar farms before the Renewables Obligation, a subsidy scheme for large installations, ended in March this year.

However, the market for medium-sized rooftop installations on commercial properties continues to be popular with businesses and organisations of all sizes.