04 Nov '17, 12am

Solar survey reveals a third of UK jobs lost over the past year

Solar survey reveals a third of UK jobs lost over the past year

The comprehensive PWC and Solar Trade Association (STA) survey also shows support for tax breaks to re-boot the struggling UK solar sector as the global market accelerates. The 238 solar industry firms surveyed said they collectively employed 3,665 people now compared to 5,362 a year ago, a fall of 32 per cent. 4 in 10 firms are being forced to either exit the solar market entirely or diversify into other markets to keep their heads above water. Extrapolating the survey findings across the UK solar industry, the figure for job losses over the past year could exceed 12,500 - around one third of previous total employment in the solar industry, the Solar Trade Association found. Solar deployment this year is expected to fall from an average of 1 GW of past 5 years, to less than 300 MW this year, a 75 percent drop. The STA has long been concerned by the lack of an industrial s...

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