SSE is announcing it is creating 1,000 jobs a year to 2025 – as it supports the UK Government’s new energy strategy and steps up efforts to deliver £12.5bn of vital energy projects.
The FTSE-100, low-carbon infrastructure company headquartered in Perth, needs what it describes as a “green army” to deliver the UK’s ambitious energy goals.
SSE’s investment plans have been further boosted by today’s Energy Security Strategy, with the Prime Minister outlining support for critical net zero infrastructure including offshore wind, electricity networks and long duration storage.
The jobs are across all SSE’s operations and in all parts of the UK, and further growth is expected.
Applicants are being sought for a range of positions from delivering the world’s largest offshore wind farm in Dogger Bank off the North East coast of England and Europe’s most productive onshore wind farm in Viking on the Shetland Islands; to working on the mega multi-billion pound investments required to make the Transmission and Distribution Networks systems fit for net zero and in efforts to secure sustainable futures for communities around flexible generation sites in Keadby on the Humber and Peterhead in the far north of Scotland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“It’s excellent to see SSE creating 1,000 green jobs a year to help power up our plan for cleaner, more affordable and home-grown energy.
“To deliver our ambitious new energy targets, it’s vital that we have a skilled workforce in place to roll out new infrastructure across the network.
“That’s why it’s hugely welcome to see SSE demonstrating the commitment needed from industry to secure greater energy independence for our country.”
SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said:
“We welcome today’s Energy Security Strategy announcement. It is clear efforts are immediately being stepped up to accelerate the country away from a reliance on volatile international gas markets and deliver the UK to a more independent energy future.
“Our £12.5bn programme focused on net zero investment will power that future by developing the UK assets and infrastructure needed to provide clean, green electricity for millions, here, on these shores.
“While we are already investing in developing a workforce of the future through our wide range of apprentice and graduate pipelines. We also need experienced staff who can help us up the pace on this key area of focus.
“With this comes an unrivalled economic opportunity and we’re very proud to be announcing that we’re creating a 1,000 jobs a year until 2025 in support of delivering net zero.”
Many of the new roles will require relevant skills in the energy industry, but SSE is also developing re-training programmes to widen its reach to those that want to join the green revolution. The company has also been at the forefront of a Just Transition, supporting sustainable careers for people moving from high-carbon to low-carbon roles. A recent study found that already one in five SSE employees has made such a transition.