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Skills for net zero and a green recovery 2020 survey

IET skills for net zero and a green recovery

We carry out an annual skills survey of engineering employers in the UK. In 2020 we focused on the skills requirements for delivering the UK Government’s net-zero target by 2050, the subsequent impacts of COVID-19 on engineering employers, difficulties in recruiting engineers, and employer perceptions of the engineering skills gap.

The responsibility to drastically reduce our impact on the climate falls on us all, but engineering has an important role to play. Responses from our survey highlighted that engineering employers take this responsibility seriously. Half of those questioned already have a sustainability strategy in place, however, less than one in ten have all the skills their strategy needs to achieve its goals.

In the following report, we’ve broken down the results of our survey into six categories, exploring the current skills challenges employers are facing, their movement towards increased sustainability and how they can respond to future challenges by building skills for a green recovery. Off the back of our survey results, we’ve also highlighted key action areas that could help employers meet these goals.

This report is based on research we commissioned, conducted in partnership with YouGov. The fieldwork was conducted between 7 August and 16 September 2020. All respondents were drawn from the YouGov panel of over 1.8m people in the UK.