Demand for green jobs or roles that are linked to environment and sustainability is increasing at a faster clip globally than the supply of talent, said Ruchee Anand, senior director, talent and learning solutions LinkedIn India.
Globally, the share of job postings on LinkedIn requiring at least one green skill grew nearly twice as quickly as the share of green talent, on a year-over-year basis.
“As of February, 13.1% of paid job postings on our platform in India require green skills. We’re seeing steady progress in India where paid job postings that require green skills have increased by 5% year-over-year,” she added.
Industries like farming, ranching, forestry (53.29%) and construction (49.46%) have undergone significant green transformation and have the highest growth of green talent share in India. Others such as oil, gas and mining show a high share of green talent (28.77%) and high year-over-year growth 13.56%. These industries are in the more advanced stages of green transformation.
Industries like financial services and technology show a lower share of green talent but high year-over-year growth
“These are industries which are likely to accelerate green transformation efforts,” said Ruchee.
Top green skills in India include carbon footprinting, sustainability reporting, environmental law, sustainability consulting and radiation safety.
“This is a great opportunity for professionals to acquire top green skills because sometimes, these skills may even be required in traditionally ‘non green’ jobs,” said Ruchee. “For example, sustainability reporting is a skill that may be required by financial accountants, who can assess the return on investment (ROI) of sustainability projects, cost savings from resource conservation, and potential risks or opportunities related to sustainability factors,” she said.
“The growing green talent in the country presents an opportunity for business leaders to upskill and reskill their workforce, and actively drive green transformation business efforts,” she added.