With today (1st November 2019) being World Vegan Day, it has been noted that job adverts with the word ‘vegan’ in its title have risen by more than 200 per cent.
This is according to the global job site, Indeed who found that the amount of job postings with the word ‘vegan’ in its title has risen by 284 per cent since 2016 and adverts with the word ‘vegan’ in the job description has increased by 276 per cent since 2017.
These jobs are being mostly posted by the food and beauty sectors, with more than a third (34 per cent) of workers looking for such roles.
The Vegan Society estimates there are currently 600,000 vegans in the UK, a four-fold increase on the 150,000 it counted just five years ago.
London seems to lead the way with 38 per cent of vegan job postings being located in the capital city.
Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, said:
An explosion in the popularity of vegan lifestyles has brought with it both business and employment opportunities.
The ‘Vegan Pound’ is increasingly powerful. As restaurants, bars, the food industry as a whole – and the beauty sector – rush to cater for it, we’ve seen a surge in job creation.
With a quarter of a million people switching to a vegan diet during Veganuary this year, veganism is becoming increasingly mainstream. In the workplace we’re seeing increasing numbers of employers catering to employees’ values, with many introducing vegan-friendly policies and perks.
And with many environmental campaigners also championing the plant-based diet as a simple but effective way for individuals to help tackle the climate crisis, its popularity is set to increase further.
Our data shows this shift is encouraging more people to live vegan, and even enabling some to make a living from veganism too.
To gather these results, Indeed analysed job postings containing the word ‘vegan’ in the description or job title over the timeframe 2016 until 2019.
Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.