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The characteristics of energy employment in a system-wide context


  • Grant Allan

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)

  • Andrew G Ross

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)


Anticipated changes in energy provision over the next decades will likely have major implications on employment within energy activities. To understand the possible consequences, many studies have considered the level and types of employment in existing energy technologies. Using the hypothetical extraction approach for the UK, we explore the employment in and supported by energy activities - including across occupations and skills categories. We show that the impact on occupation and skills across the whole economy is more evenly spread than the employment in individual sectors. From the empirical results presented here, it is evident that the system-wide demands for skills including not only the direct, but also knock-on effects across the economy can change the pattern of labour market needs, which have implications for labour market planning in the low carbon transition.

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  • Grant Allan & Andrew G Ross, 2018. "The characteristics of energy employment in a system-wide context," Working Papers 1811, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:str:wpaper:1811

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    1. Grant Allan & Kevin Connolly & Peter McGregor & Andrew G Ross, 2019. "Economic activity supported by offshore wind: a hypothetical extraction study," Working Papers 1911, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.

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    C67; J21; Q43;

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    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy

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