North benefiting from energy sector growth

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The energy sector created more jobs in the North of England than in any other UK region last year and continues to be a large and stable employer.

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 direct employment level in the energy sector in the North increased by 4,000 jobs last year compared with 2012, according to EY analysis of Office of National Statistics (ONS) data contained in the report. The volume of people working in the industry in 2013 in the North West increased by 1,00 to 15,000; in the North East 2,000 to 11,000; 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 within the energy supply chain.

Stephen Church, Advisory Partner at EY in the North West, said: “Steady industry investment over recent years has been good news for jobs in the North.”