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Electricity Generation

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 128954, tabled on 21 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment his Department has made of the contribution to the economy of UK-based energy generation; and what recent estimate he has made of the number of jobs supported in the UK by that industry.

Answered on

1 March 2018

As set out in table 1, the energy sector directly contributed 2.3% of GDP, or £40.2 billion, to the UK economy in 2016 and directly employed 178,000 people. Further jobs are supported indirectly, for example, an estimated 152,000 were employed in support of UK oil and gas extraction, while the ONS separately estimate that the low carbon electricity sector employed 40,500 in the supply chain.

Table 1: Contribution to GDP and direct employment of the UK energy sector in 2016

Contribution to GDP

Employment

Coal extraction

0.002%

1,936

Oil and gas extraction

0.78%

32,192

Refining

0.08%

3,887

Electricity

1.03%

87,277

Gas

0.37%

47,723

Nuclear fuel processing

0.07%

4,985

Total

2.33%

178,000

Source: Tables 1 and 2 of https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631147/UK_Energy_in_Brief_2017_dataset.xls