The prospect of skilled workers earning higher wages from energy suppliers in the Middle East could threaten nuclear redevelopment in Britain, reports Bloomberg.
Middle Eastern nations such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have initiated nuclear redevelopment programmes on a similar timetable to Britain and could end up buying workforces previously intended to work in the UK energy sector.
Westinghouse Electric Company said that Britain needs to consider arranging overcapacity in its training programmes to make sure the UK does not suffer from too small a workforce.
Iain Manson, head of energy and utilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for recruitment company Korn/Ferry International, told the website: "Globally you have this shortage of talent in the nuclear area. Everyone is moving to new nuclear build. Those parts of the world that move quicker will get the talent."
French-owned energy company EDF is leading nuclear redevelopment in Britain after taking over British Energy, but the first reactors will not be operational until the latter years of the next decade.
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