More nuclear workers required

The UK nuclear sector workforce will need to grow by about 68% before 2025, offering significant employment prospects for young people.

The 68% figure is based on information given by Neil Baldwin, the chairman of the country’s National Nuclear Skills Academy and managing director of reactor operator Magnox Ltd. He was speaking to the Nuclear Industry Association’s annual Energy Choices conference held on 1st December in London.

A rough calculation based on these figures places the current total headcount of the UK nuclear workforce at about 22,500. Allowing for 8500 to retire and 1500 a year to join, the total workforce should grow by 68% to 38,000 by 2025. Many more non-nuclear jobs in the industry would come at the same time in related engineering fields and across the range of specialisms within modern companies.

These figures are based on the continuation of the country’s decomissioning program, which accounts for around £2 billion ($3 billion) of work each year on dismantling former national nuclear power and research facilities, as well as a certain amount of new nuclear power plants. Three companies are working on plans for new large reactors, with 12 units totalling 19 GWe capacity a possibility by 2023.

Courtesy of WNN