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Demand for 'green collar' workers

Rising demand for skilled green sector workers in Britain will place pressure on the UK skills market and leave businesses without the engineering and environmental expertise they require, according to research published this week.

ICM research carried out the survey of more than 500 UK business leaders on behalf of engineering and environmental consultant Royal Haskoning.

The findings reveal that Government pressure to be green has led to huge increases in the need for 'green collar' workers - a term used to describe environmental-related roles and industries.

More than one third of businesses said their green workforce would need to increase by up to 10% and almost the same proportion said they were concerned about their firms' ability to fill these roles.

The findings echo the views of the Government, with its recent framework for the future of British manufacturing.

Business secretary John Hutton has said that 1M green collar jobs could be created through low-carbon technology.

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