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The Great Reshuffle presents a unique opportunity to tackle the most urgent challenge facing humanity: climate change. We have to enable the green transition and activate the jobs, companies and policies that power it. But we face a number of challenges.
The green economy needs to grow faster. In 2021, less than 1% of hiring involved Green jobs, and half involved jobs with no green skills at all.
There’s also a supply and demand problem on the horizon. Currently, the demand for green jobs matches the supply of people with those skills. But projections show that in 5 years time, demand will outstrip supply, meaning there is an urgent need for our workforce to level-up green skills.
- Climate Change
- Agriculture Specialist
- Policy Advisor
- Marine Biologist
- Agriculture Specialist
- Energy Efficiency
- Plumbing Engineer
- Utilities Manager
- Project Sales Engineer
- Vice President Facilities
- Heating And Air Conditioning Engineer
- Erosion Control
- Director Of Public Works
- Construction Inspector
- Survey Project Manager
- Civil Designer
- Transportation Engineer
- Sustainable Design
- Architectural Manager
- Landscape Architect
- Director Of Interior Design
- Urban Planner
- Construction Administrator
- Sales Operations Assistant
- Commercial Technical Advisor
- Technical Sales Representative
- Environmental Awareness
- Park Manager
- Safety Assistant
- Geographic Information System Officer
- Renewable Energy
- Business Engineer
- Project Finance Analyst
- Distribution Engineer
- Land Acquisition Manager
- Project Sales Engineer
LinkedIn’s unique data reveals that to make true change, we have to rethink the green economy challenge, and we have to start with green skills.
We developed a new green skill taxonomy and metrics to quantify the extent to which different countries, sectors and jobs use these skills. We call this the green skills intensity.
Many green skills are on the rise and are among some of the fastest growing skills in the economy. Sustainable Fashion, Environmental Services, and Sustainable Growth have all grown by more than 60% over the past 5 years.
But most jobs requiring green skills are not “traditional” green jobs. Beyond solar panel installers and electric car manufacturers, green skills are increasingly required in sustainable fashion, fleet management, and sales. To make the green transition, we need to increase both the number of jobs that use green skills and the extent to which those jobs leverage green skills. Green-skilling is needed to fuel greener jobs.
The Shades of
We looked at over 15,000 jobs found on LinkedIn and split them into four categories based on their green skill intensity.
Hiring of green jobs in the global workforce is rising faster than any other category. But together green and greening jobs still only accounted for 10% of hiring in 2021.
Trends vary across different regions and sectors, but the takeaway is the same: at this pace, moving toward a green economy will require workers to upskill in green and enter green, greening, and greening potential jobs.
The current pace of transitions into green and greening is too slow. For every 10,000 workers leaving a Not Green job, only 1 moves into a Green job. Greening the economy will require more workers making the transition to green and greening jobs.
While more workers are transitioning into green and greening jobs than are leaving, the total number of workers moving into those jobs is still really low. Today, almost all green jobs are filled by those coming from green jobs. Transitions into Green from Greening and Greening Potential show some promise but are still well below what is needed to contribute meaningfully to a greener economy.
Yet we’ve seen plenty of workers successfully make the transition to a green job. Take a look at just a few of the stories of LinkedIn members who made the move.
A Just Transition
The green transition offers us an opportunity to ensure not only a sustainable future for the planet but an equitable and resilient one for workers too. Our data shows that we have inequities emerging not only between countries but also along gender, age, and educational lines.
There is a gender gap and it is not closing: Globally, in 2021 there were only 62 women for every 100 men considered green talent – a number that has been stagnant since 2015 as green talent is growing at the same rate among men and women.
The age gap is closing: Younger generations are accelerating their upskilling in green, with green talent growing twice as fast among younger generations than among Baby Boomers.
The education gap is not closing: Green talent is growing faster among members with Bachelor's Degree or more, than among members with a High School Diploma.
The time for action is now.
- Policymakers must commit to green skills, be their champion and prepare the workforce.
- Business leaders must invest in upskilling current and future green talent.
- The global workforce has to build green skills to power change and compete for the best jobs.
This analysis represents the world seen through the lens of LinkedIn data, drawn from the anonymized and aggregated profile information of LinkedIn's 774+ million members around the world. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the platform, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. All data represents aggregated information from the last 6 years. See the full report for complete methodology.
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