New report shows more than 69,000 jobs and £60 billion private investment in UK offshore wind by 2026

25/03/21 | Reaction
Offshore Wind - credit Natural Power

The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has today (March 25) published new research which shows that the number of people working in direct and indirect jobs in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry is set to rise significantly, from 26,000 currently to over 69,800 by 2026. 

Responding, Ben Miller, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said:

"This new research from the Offshore Wind Industry Council highlights the incredible opportunities presented by the UK's world-leading offshore wind sector. 

"As the windiest country in Europe, this research shows that 30% of the UK's offshore wind workforce is currently based here in Scotland, with this set to increase to over 20,000 jobs in the next few years and grow even more as offshore wind plays an ever more central role in our net-zero economy.

"Many of these highly-skilled jobs are based in coastal and rural areas, bringing investment and opportunities to local communities which otherwise would not exist.

 "As well as delivering local benefits there exists a huge economic opportunity to export these world-leading skills and technologies across the globe as other countries embark on their decarbonisation journeys."



  • A copy of the Offshore Wind Industry Council's press release and the Offshore Wind Skills Intelligence report is available here.