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Where Did All The Green Jobs Go?

September 21, 2014

By Paul Homewood






The UK Govt is always bragging off about how their renewable policies will create zillions of new green jobs.

Last year they produced a 67 page report, “Low Carbon Environment Goods & Services”, to tell us well they were doing! It included this table.




As I pointed out at the time, many of the jobs had nothing to do with “low carbon” anything. Worse still, there had barely been any increase the first figures were published for 2008/09, particularly in the wind and solar sectors.




I have waiting with baited breath to see the latest figures for 2012/13, as I was sure Ed Davey would have waved his magic wand by now.

But still the latest report was not published, so I decided to FOI them.

And I have just received this reply.





Now, I am not a naturally suspicious person, but could it be that they have stopped publishing the figures because they continue to show little or no increase in “green jobs”?

Surely not!

  1. Ben Vorlich permalink
    September 21, 2014 7:01 pm

    I suspect that you are probably incorrect and in fact the numbers have decreased in the most high profile sectors.

  2. Ben Vorlich permalink
    September 21, 2014 7:12 pm

    On re-reading the column headers on Table 8 I was taken with the heading Growth % 2010/11 to 2011/12. The column has 12 negative values, 0 zeroes and 4 positives, positive being in the eye of the beholder.

  3. John, UK permalink
    September 21, 2014 7:57 pm

    Some of those figures seem incredible,- at least to me, e.g. Geothermal 81,000. I’d like to see a breakdown of how that is made up and what counted as geothermal in their universe.

  4. Paul2 permalink
    September 21, 2014 9:13 pm

    We can only hope that the downward trend continues. Anything else is bad news.

  5. September 22, 2014 12:16 am

    They ripened.

  6. September 22, 2014 12:58 am

    Thanks, Paul. For the UN’s latest Climate Conference opening in NYC on Monday, some are now asking “Who won WWII and formed the United Nations sixty-nine years ago?”

  7. Brian H permalink
    September 22, 2014 2:21 am

    bated Unless you’re gorfing sardines.

    Like Oliver. :p

    Indeed. The fewer spinning wheels in these time-wasting and counter-productive sham industries, the better.

  8. Allan M permalink
    September 22, 2014 9:17 am

    Just like they did in Brown’s time with the speed camera figures, they have “found a better way to calculate” them. Of course, it is not “fiddling the figures.” Our dear honest politicians would never do such a thing. But if the facts say that you are wrong, then you have to get some new facts. What’s new?

  9. Bloke down the pub permalink
    September 22, 2014 10:09 am

    Do the jobs in waste management include the firemen needed to put out all the blazes?

  10. September 22, 2014 11:42 am

    Last year, when Natalie Bennett took over the Greens, she stated that the “green economy” now constituted 11% of GDP. Intrigued by this, I contacted the Green Party via their website, asking for the citations for this.

    Oddly, I didn’t even get an acknowledgement of my inquiry, never mind an answer.

    • Joe Public permalink
      September 22, 2014 1:27 pm

      Only by cost, not value.

  11. Perry permalink
    September 23, 2014 8:07 am

    Have sent link to your site to my MP Steve Baker & asked him to comment.

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