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Demand for green skills outpacing what the workforce can deliver—but there's hope

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: LinkedIn’s 2023 Global Green Skills Report reveals a growing demand for green skills across various industries, emphasizing the transformation of traditional jobs into more sustainability-focused roles
• The report identifies a surge in green skills like carbon accounting, emissions trading, and sustainability reporting, highlighting the financial sector’s increased requirement for such expertise

🔭 The context: Green skills are essential across all job sectors, profoundly impacting areas like procurement and supply chain, as they enable the creation of sustainability-minded job versions, beyond just roles directly linked to environmental conservation or climate change mitigation
• This broadening definition is transforming various sectors by incorporating sustainability into their core functions, turning every career ‘green’

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: The escalating demand for green skills across all roles underscores a united responsibility towards sustainability and indicates a pressing need for widespread training and adoption due to a looming shortage in these essential skills

⏭️ What's next: The transformation of job sectors to accommodate green skills will continue to grow, with a focus on sectors like financial services where the concentration of green skills is currently low
• Companies and individuals need to prioritize green skills to stay relevant and contribute to global sustainability goals

💬 One quote: “It’s not just about adding more obvious green jobs, it’s also about using skills to transform every job into a greener, more sustainability-minded version. We need to take dramatic action to make our planet livable for generations to come…” (Efrem Bycer, Senior Manager at LinkedIn)

📈 One stat: Only 1 in 8 workers globally possess one or more green skills, despite the growing demand and the hiring rate for workers with at least one green skill being 29% higher than the workforce average

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