Jobs in the waste and water sector are up by over 8% on last year according to the latest official figures.
The monthly Labour Market Statistics report for December shows that in September there were 203,000 workers in the “water supply, sewerage, waste and remediation” sectors, compared to 177,000 at the same time last year. The 8.2% increase puts jobs growth in the sector well ahead of the national jobs growth rate of 1.7%. Just mining and quarrying saw bigger growth with a 19.9% increase.
Yesterday environment minister Richard Benyon said the waste and recycling sector employed between 104,000-150,000 people and was valued at over £12 billion in 2010-11.
In response to a question from Labour’s shadow waste minister Gavin Shuker, the minister said short term forecasts predicted 3% sales growth for waste management, and 3.9% for recovery and recycling. Growth figures for 2013/14 for the two sectors were forecast as 3.1% and 4.0% respectively, he said.