Growing pressure on employees to be more environmentally friendly will cause an increase in the recruitment of staff with green credentials.
According to a study conducted by ICM research in conjunction with engineering and environmental organisation Royal Haskoning, more than half (53%) of businesses believe their need for 'green collar' employees will increase and 31% believe their workforce will need to increase by 6-10% due to environmental roles.
One in five organisations (19%) already have someone with 'green collar' responsibilities and 24% plan to make use of an external environmental service.
Thirty percent said the increase would be necessary to meet Government legislation compared to 21% who said it was due to customer pressure to be green.
Henry Rowe, a member of the Royal Haskoning board of management, said: "As the pressure mounts for British businesses to implement green strategies and services, the worry remains whether our current and future domestic skills market can service these demands."
Nonetheless one-quarter of employers do not have an environmental policy in place and, of that, one-quarter have no plans to implement one.
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