There is a massive shift underway in the global economy, the world is experiencing a historic transformation in how people work, where they work and even why they work. At LinkedIn, we call it the Great Redesign and in the midst of this shift, we face an urgent need to transition to a green economy to address the threat of climate change. How are we applying what we have learned from this unprecedented moment to fuel the huge transition needed to address the climate crisis?
Achieving our collective global climate goals is a monumental task and it will take an economy-wide effort to get there. Ultimately, it will be up to the people – their talent, their intelligence and their ambition – to get us there. The good news is that we are already seeing a shift towards green skills and jobs on our platform, which has nearly 800 million members worldwide, including more than 115 million in the European Union.
The good news is that we are already seeing a shift towards green skills and jobs on our platform.
Workers everywhere are learning green skills and accepting green jobs. The share of green talent among our members has increased from 9.6% in 2015 to 13.3% in 2021, a cumulative growth rate of almost 40%. And we’re seeing green skills emerge not just in areas critical to sustainability like ecosystem management, environmental policy, and pollution prevention, but also in areas that aren’t traditionally considered green. In fact, the vast majority of green skills are used in jobs outside of the traditional green sphere – jobs like fleet manager, data scientist and healthcare worker.
The bad news is that we are currently far from having the level of skills or green jobs required to meet the EU’s ambitious climate targets and ensure the green transition. Worse still, the demand is currently outstripping the supply of green talent. While job openings requiring green skills have increased by 8% per year over the past five years, the share of green talent has only increased by 6% per year over the same period, which means that we are not only missing opportunities to help the planet make economic activities more sustainable. but also on economic opportunities for workers.
The bad news is that we are currently far from having the required level of skills or green jobs.
At LinkedIn, we leverage our unique insight into the labor market to understand how green skills are being applied in jobs, sectors, and countries around the world, where gaps are emerging, and what actions we can take to fill them. Green skills are the building blocks of the green transition and the key to unlocking the human capital that will fuel it. The European Union can lead by example by creating more opportunities for those with green skills, by upgrading the skills of workers who currently lack these skills and by ensuring that green skills are mainstreamed skills of future generations.
And the European Commission is helping to lead the way with initiatives such as Sustainability in Erasmus+ and the Year of Youth 2022. These efforts will help put sustainability at the heart of updated policies in school curricula, curricula training and development initiatives. The next generation must be ready for the jobs of tomorrow, but they depend on the right educational and professional policies put in place today.
We leverage our unique insight into the labor market to understand how green skills are applied across jobs, sectors and countries.
Our Global Green Skills Report sheds light on how and where workers are contributing to the green transition, where gaps are emerging and what policymakers, organizations and individuals can do to accelerate change. Moving hundreds of nations in a common direction is never easy, but we believe this is not only our best hope for tackling the climate crisis, but also our greatest opportunity to fuel a new clean economic engine for workers around the world. .