The new government is being urged to move quickly to decide on the future of proposed nuclear development projects in the UK, such as the planned Sizewell C development, in order to sustain levels of growth within the nuclear workforce, which is now at its highest level in five years.

The civil nuclear sector currently employs 64,509 people across the UK, an increase of over 3,000 compared to 2021, new figures from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) have revealed.

The spike in numbers has been driven by the development of a pipeline of new nuclear projects across the country, including the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station which is under development in Somerset and employs around 8,000 people, up from 6,300 in 2021, at what is the largest construction site in Europe.

However, the NIA has this week warned that “urgent” investment is needed in order to sustain current levels

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