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Latest data has revealed that demand for sustainability-related roles has seen a significant rise of 87% in the last four years.

And with as many as 82% of UK employees saying they want their employer to address climate change and 61% of Millennials saying if a firm produced products that were harmful to the environment, they would not apply for a role within that company, it comes as no surprise that this is an area being focused on.

Totaljob’s Hiring Trends Index report found that since 2019, there has been a 677% increase in top sustainability-related roles, such as sustainability manager, engineer, or consultant.

The data also shows that job descriptions across different industries use phrases related to sustainability 80% more than on average.

The most common phrases included in job descriptions are climate change, green, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, carbon footprint, carbon neutral, environmental and sustainable.

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Julius Probst, European labour market Economist at Totaljobs, commented, ‘‘Environmental policy is a roadmap for businesses and investors looking to embrace sustainability. Therefore, the prime minister’s recent announcements on net-zero targets and policy changes might impact upcoming business decisions.

“However, despite this, it’s evident that the UK’s low carbon and renewable energy sector will sustain its growth, making sustainability a pivotal aspect for attracting talent.

“Not only is there a wider societal and environmental need to go green, but it could help attract and retain talent as candidates become more aware of ESG importance.

“For employers facing difficulties in sourcing talent within competitive timelines, showcasing your sustainability initiatives isn’t just a tool to enhance your employer branding; it’s a compelling incentive for candidates to seriously consider your organisation.”

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