NEWS: 'Pay cut for green jobs'

A quarter of workers say they are willing to take a salary cut in order to move to an environmentally conscious company or non-governmental organisation.

The research by Total Jobs found workers would consider an £8,000 annual salary job in return for an environmentally friendly role.

Millennials (23-38 years old) were most willing to dock their salaries – they’d drop by £11,400 on average compared to 'Gen Xers' (38-54).

The study found six in 10 UK workers now actively investigate a potential employer’s environmental impact before applying.

The survey covered 2,000 UK workers and 250 senior decision makers and was conducted in October 2019.

Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director of Business in the Community, said "It has never been more important for businesses to be part of the solution to our planetary crises.

"Young people are no longer begging leaders to change but telling them that change is coming regardless.

“Businesses that ignore it face an imminent existential threat. For those that get ahead of the curve, turning talk into action at speed and scale, the opportunities are immense.

"Our futures depend on rapid, ambitious action, and we can all make a difference.”

Lynn Cahillane, Head of Marketing at Totaljobs, said: “Our research demonstrates just how important environmental concerns are to the UK workforce and how they expect their employers to contribute towards stopping the climate crisis.

"For employers, this presents a unique challenge, but also an opportunity.

“With a widely reported skills shortage, employers have the opportunity to showcase a clear commitment to reducing carbon emissions and help tackle the climate crisis.

"A step, which could make the difference in attracting the UK’s most sought-after workers.

“As well as its growing role in attracting talent, companies also need to address their practices to ensure they are retaining staff too.

"The findings tell us that people are prepared to leave their job for a greener role, so businesses that can’t communicate their environmental record could potentially suffer.

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