What will renewable energy jobs look like on the Cradle Coast?
A report earlier this year by the Clean Energy Council and Institute for Sustainable Futures looked at part of the renewable energy workforce including direct jobs (development, construction/ installation, operation, maintenance, manufacturing) and some indirect jobs (transport, warehousing).
The study did not include induced jobs (e.g. expenditure of construction workers in regional towns) or areas such as electricity networks or professional services. The purpose of the report was to facilitate better workforce planning to avoid future skill shortages and identify opportunities for regional jobs.
In Tasmania, 78% of jobs will be in regional areas. 25% of these will be trades and technicians (eg electricians, mechanical trades), 23% labourers (eg steel fixers, concreters), 23% professionals (eg engineers, finance, safety), 15% managers (eg project, business development), 7% machine operators and drivers, and 7% administrative workers. For pumped hydro construction, over 45% of workers will be concreters, civil labourers, general labourers and heavy vehicle drivers.
If pumped hydro is constructed during 2026 – 27, average Tasmanian jobs in renewable energy over the next 15 years will be 1900, with a peak of 5000 jobs during major project construction.
You can find the report here
Image: Cethana Power Station, Hydro Tasmania