6th March 2018

Green jobs give more happiness – and pay well

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Research shows sustainability professionals and those in green jobs are higher earners compared to the national average.

Those with green jobs are said to enjoy their work more, and are also less likely to face unemployment than their peers in other sectors, according to the workforce survey from IEMA, the sustainability body.

A total of 1,053 IEMA members took part in the annual survey which revealed seven in 10 sustainability professionals say they are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their jobs, compared to a national average of 64 per cent.

The reason for this amount of job satisfaction could be partly due to the better rates of pay in sustainability compared to other areas of the workforce. The median salary in 2017 rose 2.6 per cent from £39,000 to £40,000 (the national average is £28,758).

Only one per cent of IEMA members reported their status as unemployed, while 17 per cent revealed they had been promoted this year.

However, despite the narrowing of the reported gender pay gap last year, at 14.1 per cent it is still higher than the UK national average and women are still under-represented in senior sustainability roles.

Tim Balcon, IEMA’s CEO, said: “It’s fantastic that yet again, we are able to report that this is a profession that exceeds the national averages for job satisfaction, employability and pay.

“Anyone looking for a job that recognises and rewards dedication and the ability to make positive change should look no further. People in this profession are happy, do rewarding and varied work, are in control of their development, can rely on the right kind of career mobility and have healthy salaries.

“I want to call on all employers to address how they support the career paths of gifted female workers as well as those from diverse backgrounds.

“The levels of talent, knowledge, skill, and ambition in the IEMA membership – all evidenced in the 2018 State of the Profession report – is beyond impressive and employers risk missing out if they don’t take the right steps now.”