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Green jobs on the rise in sustainable housing sector

Lily Walton
September 20, 2022

A housebuilder near York has announced that it’s creating hundreds of jobs to build energy efficient housing developments across the country, as the amount of ‘green jobs’ is on the rise in the UK. 

Ilke Homes, based near York, builds modular homes at its factory in Flaxby then transports them to site and assembles them in a few days, cutting the time it takes to build housing.

Ilke Homes has already grown from 450 members of staff to 1,100 during 2022 and, earlier this year, it launched its ZERO Brand, rolling out zero carbon homes with zero bills guaranteed for residents.

The company is currently recruiting to help it deliver a pipeline of more than 3,500 homes.

Now one of Yorkshire’s largest employers, Ilke Homes is blazing a trail which many UK companies will follow, according to analysis from Cambridge Econometric, with the amount of green jobs set to rise massively over coming years.

Research found that insulating homes and installing heat pumps could benefit the economy by £7bn per year and create 140,000 new jobs by 2030.

Jon Stenning, head of environment at Cambridge Econometrics, said: “Improving the quality of the UK’s housing stock and switching to low-carbon heating technologies can bring down household bills immediately, and remove struggling household from having to choose between heating and eating this winter, while also delivering greater economic growth and substantial carbon emissions savings in the long term.”

According to the government, as of 2021 there were already 410,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and, in the wake of the Covid pandemic, the government created a plan to support 250,000 green jobs in that sector by 2030 as part of its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

It has set an ambition of a total of two million green jobs in the UK by 2030.