Renewable energies in Spain will generate 468,000 jobs, until 2030

According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the renewable energy sector increased by 700,000 new jobs in 2021, Over the previous year. Along with the firm commitment to the green transition that is being promoted at the European level, the increase in the price of non-renewable energy is also leading to a constant growth in facilities dedicated to the creation of renewables. So much so that, in Spain, photovoltaic generation exceeded 20,000 GWh in mid-September of this year, which represents an increase of 50% compared to 2021.

In this sense, the same sources indicate that the generation of energy through photovoltaic and wind systems employed more than 55,000 people in Spain in 2021. In addition, the forecasts of the report estimate that at the national level the renewable energy market could generate 468,000 accumulated jobs throughout the decade. However, almost half of the jobs would be focused on Andalusia, Aragon and Castilla y León, due to the fact that 35% of the requests for hooking up renewables in the Spanish Electric Network are being processed in these three autonomous communities. And globally, the renewable energy sector could reach 38.2 million jobs in 2030, given the ambitious energy scenario.

In this context, José Luis Torralba, leader of the specialized area in the Renewable Energy sector of Synergie Spain, states that “The renewable energy sector, despite the crisis derived from the impact of Covid-19 and the unfavorable economic scenario, continues to be a reliable engine for the generation of new employment”. In addition, Spain is one of the countries with the most opportunities in this area. “According to the most recent data from the annual edition of the Climatescope report prepared by the renewable energy research consultancy BloombergNEF places Spain in fifth place worldwide by volume of investment in renewable energy, a fact that reaffirms jobs in the renewable energy sector as resistant and long-lasting”points out Torralba.

Thus, at the labor level, the renewable energy sector is an area with favorable prospects for professionals. In this context, the HR multinational Synergie, which has a specialized area in the renewable energy sector, analyzes what are the main challenges in the labor sector:

  1. Talent acquisition. In a rapidly growing market, the renewable energy sector demands trained professionals to operate throughout the value chain. In this sense, it is especially advisable to contemplate the need to look for professionals with experience in other already consolidated sectors. “Software developers, programmers or industrial installers are interesting profiles for transitioning from other fields to the renewable energy sector” explains Torralba. Along the same lines, he points out that “Among the professionals most in demand, profiles such as technical engineer in renewable energy, technical installer of renewable sources, maintenance developer or commercial specialized in renewable energy stand out”.
  2. Internal development and continuous training of professionals. In a developing sector and especially marked by the irruption of technology, it is essential to guarantee professionals an internal development and training plan that ensures they are up to date with the innovations that mark the transformation of the sector. “Offering the option to promote and, above all, contemplating continuous training as a key element in the development of the professional career of team members will help organizations to attract and retain talent,” says Torralba.
  3. Creation and promotion of training in the field of renewables. The increase in the renewable energy market has highlighted the need to provide new generations with the necessary knowledge to operate in this sector. For this reason, from Synergie they recognize that “promoting training in the field of renewable energies is essential to incorporate the youngest into the professional field”. In addition, they point out that “the creation of specialized studies on the matter will help to create a more competitive market and to maintain it as a reference territory in the development of the renewable energy sector”.
  4. Incorporation of women into the labor market of the sector. According to IRENA, in the renewable energy sector the global proportion of female employment is 32%. In this booming sector, women have denounced difficulties in accessing jobs in this field: 80% of the new jobs created by the green transition will be in sectors dominated by men. So that, “To guarantee that the benefits of the growth of the sector also extend to women, it is essential that the private sector open the doors to female employment” points.
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