The circular economy offers the next progressive step in our economic model, taking over from the current linear ‘take-make-waste’ economy by seeking to extract the maximum value from resources in use and keep materials in circulation for as long as possible through processes like reuse, repair, re-manufacture and recycling. The end goal of the circular economy is to establish an ecologically safe and socially just operating space for humankind.

Tevi today released a baseline report on the number of circular jobs in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly as part of our collaboration with Circle Economy.

The circular labour market is comprised of all kinds of jobs in different sectors, ranging from manufacturing and creative industries to waste and resource management. These results provide a baseline assessment and a picture of the number of jobs already contributing to the circular economy in CIoS.

The report concludes that in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly:

  • 8.5% of all jobs in CIoS are circular (17,886 jobs contribute to the circular economy)
  • The digital technology and design sectors are the key enabling sectors generating jobs in the circular economy in CIoS, generating 30% of all circular jobs.
  • Resource management and repair & maintenance sectors contribute a large share of all circular employment comprising 23% of all circular jobs
  • 47% of all circular jobs are those generated indirectly by demand for circular products or services by other sectors
  • 6% of the total jobs in accommodation and food services in CIoS, akin to the tourism sector, are related to the circular economy
  • 6% of the total jobs in agriculture, forestry and fishing in CIoS are related to the circular economy

The report outlines the next steps in promoting circular jobs that could also help foster an economy more resilient to shocks.

Taken together with the CIoS’s Employment and Skills Strategy 2016-2030 and the new draft Local Industrial Strategy, these results provide an initial indication of the viable pathways for developing the circular economy locally.


Access the Circular Jobs Monitor and download the full report here


To find out more about our collaboration with Circle Economy click HERE