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Number of civil nuclear jobs available in the UK on the rise

Published: Thursday, 15 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

New statistics show that there are more high-quality, highly-skilled jobs being created within the UK’s civil nuclear industry than in past years.

Figures from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) show that there are now 65,791 people working in the sector, an increase of more than 2,000 on the previous year.

Numbers from the NIA’s Civil Nuclear Jobs Map show that one-fifth of all employees are female, and more than 1,000 are taking part in graduate schemes.

The map highlights the reach, scale and scope of employment within the civil nuclear industry by breaking it down into regions, nations and then into each parliamentary constituency.

The North West has remained as ‘the hub’ of the UK’s nuclear industry as it employs 28,435 people, while the South West is beginning to evolve and should be the site of the UK’s proposed new nuclear reactor for a generation.

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the NIA, said: "The nuclear sector has been a major employer in the UK since the 1950s and the 2016 Nuclear Jobs Map highlights the vital and growing role it plays today, employing more than 65,000 people, in every part of the UK.”

The Government has placed great emphasis on ensuring there is a solid industrial strategy in place within the UK, and the figures released show positive progress.

A new build program is set to be introduced which will secure the reliable low-carbon power needed to replace retiring power stations over the next ten years, according to Mr Greatrex.

If the new build program goes ahead, it is expected to create 40,000 additional jobs in the country. It includes NuGeneration's Moorside projects, EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C and Horizon Nuclear Power's Wylfa Newydd.

The nuclear industry is responsible for one-fifth of all electricity used in the UK and various utility firms have plans to develop around £60 billion of new nuclear sites across the country.

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