Nuclear Power and Jobs

No 2 Nuclear Power briefing, February 2011

Nuclear power is very poor at creating jobs - only around 75 jobs per TWh compared with up to 2,400 jobs per TWh for renewables. Comparing a decentralised and renewable energy scenario with a more conventional scenario suggests that overall the UK could gain 78,000 extra jobs by going down the decentralised energy path. A 16GW - 5 station programme is expected to create a peak of around 14,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in 2012, but then numbers employed will fall reaching around 5,000 permanent jobs in 2027. This is a long way from the 100,000 jobs originally promised by the Government.

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