London is a hotspot for "green jobs" according to latest LinkedIn data

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The UK is a hotspot for “green jobs” with London ranking 6th globally for its concentration of sustainability professionals, according to new data from LinkedIn.

Overall, the UK saw a 12% increase in the number of sustainability professionals last year, higher than the global average of 7.5%, as the impact of climate change becomes a priority for businesses around the world and spurs careers in sustainability. 

Demand for green jobs also rose as the UK saw a 32% increase in job postings on LinkedIn for sustainability roles last year before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

Josh Graff, UK Country Manager at LinkedIn, says: “Climate change remains a defining issue of our time and while COVID-19 is all-encompassing at this moment, it’s reassuring to see that the UK is well placed to lead on sustainability with the world-class talent to take us forward. 

"As the UK increases its focus on lowering emissions and with an ambition to hit climate neutrality by 2050, we have seen a rise in the number of people pursuing green careers. With the breadth of sustainability roles and skills available, it’s encouraging to see an increasing number of businesses and professionals looking to make a positive difference to people, society and the planet.” 

As consumers, businesses and investors become more conscious about the impact of climate change, LinkedIn analysed the number of sustainability–related job postings on its platform and members with sustainability in their job titles to understand the impact on green jobs. 

Europe has seen a 13% year-on-year increase in the number of sustainability professionals. The top 10 cities with the highest concentration of sustainability professionals are:

  1. Stockholm (Sweden)
  2. Helsinki (Finland) 
  3. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  4. Zurich (Switzerland)
  5. Vancouver (Canada)
  6. London (UK) 
  7. Milan (Italy) 
  8. Auckland (New Zealand)
  9. Melbourne (Australia)
  10. Washington (United States) 

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, says: “The challenges the world faces like inequality and climate are increasingly visible across the world. A career in sustainability gives you the opportunity to tackle these issues by making business a force for good. 

"Having a clear purpose is a key motivator for many which is one of the reasons Unilever is the number 1 employer of choice in 51 countries amongst students.”

LinkedIn also analysed the fastest growing skills and industries for dedicated sustainability roles. 

The fastest rising core skill among sustainability professionals globally is Data Analysis, with a year-over-year growth of 18%. Other sustainability-specific skills that have shown strong growth include Circular Economy, Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Monitoring.

The top 10 industries that are leading the way for green job opportunities in Europe are:

  1.  Environmental Services
  2.  Renewables & Environment 
  3.  Architecture & Planning
  4.  Civil Engineering 
  5.  Utilities 
  6.  International Affairs
  7.  Farming
  8.  Think Tanks  
  9.  Public Safety
  10.  Research

To celebrate Earth Day today, Linkedin is opening up a new LinkedIn Learning course - The Sustainability Guide for Employees - to help everyone learn about how they can make a positive difference to the planet, led by scientist and environmental educator Dr. Elizabeth Bagley.