Northern energy sector hires 4,000

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The energy sector created 4,000 jobs in the North of England last year - more than in any other UK region - driven in part by the significant levels of capital investment.

That is according to Powering the UK, a new report prepared by professional services firm EY for Energy UK, which notes that while employment centres for the energy sector are ‘relatively spread out’ across all UK regions, the pattern of job creation over 2013 ‘significantly benefited the North of England’.

The volume of people working in the industry in 2013 in the North East increased by 2,000 to 11,000, in the North West by 1,000 to 15,000, and in Yorkshire and Humberside by 1,000 to 11,000. The North of England supported 37,000 energy sector jobs in total in 2013 and thousands more in supply chain.

Alistair Denton, of EY, said: “While a lot of major sectors are concentrated in London and the South East, the energy sector is truly national in the distribution of its companies and assets. Steady industry investment over recent years has been good news for jobs in the North.”