The Nuclear Sector Deal was agreed between the UK government and the nuclear industry in June 2018 – building on the historic partnership between the government and industry that has helped the UK become one of the leading nuclear countries in the world. The future success of the industry is central to achieving the Clean Growth Challenge and to maximise the advantages for UK industries of the global shift to cleaner forms of economic growth.

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Nuclear Sector Deal Updates

  • As part of the leadership strand of the People Stream in the Nuclear Sector Deal, the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group will launch both a Nuclear Sector Roadmap and Gender Commitment at Nuclear 2019. The Roadmap will set out a plan of action across Attraction, Retention, Indicators (clear milestone targets), Industry Guidance and Enablers (resources and monitoring activity). The publication will be available to all attendees.
  • The New Build Cost Reduction Working Group is writing a report on how the UK can achieve the NSD commitment of a 30% reduction in the cost of new build by 2030. The Group has also enlisted the support of the team that produced the Energy Technology Institute’s study on cost drivers in new build projects.
  • Useful outputs will be taken forward from the ONR proportional safety cases seminars that were held in October.

The Industrial Strategy is built on five foundations

The deal sets out some ambitious targets for industry, with government support, to meet these challenges while maximising the wider economic and industrial benefit. The initial focus of the Sector Deal is on a vision to 2030, but with the potential to be the foundation for much longer term progress and activity, setting out an ambition to deliver:

  • 30% cost reduction in the cost of new build projects by 2030
  • Savings of 20% in the cost of decommissioning compared with current estimates by 2030
  • 40% women in nuclear by 2030
  • Up to £2 billion domestic and international contract wins by 2030

Information about progress and updates on work being undertaken to implement and deliver the sector deal targets will be published on this page – and links to updates will be circulated in the NIA’s weekly and monthly updates. If you are an NIA member and do not already receive information from the NIA, please contact so that you can be added to the circulation list.

Programme Management Structure

The delivery of the sector deal is ultimately overseen by the industry-government Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) – with a Programme Board established to liaise closely with the five working groups, reporting regularly both to the NIC and to BEIS as the parent government department for the Industrial Strategy.

The working groups are each led by senior industry figures, each with a remit in line with the headline ambitions set out in the deal. These are new build cost reduction, legacy cost reduction, winning UK business, future workforce and innovation/research and development. The working groups’ membership is drawn from across industry, with government attending and taking part, to undertake and drive activity that contributes to achieving the high level targets. Information on the output of the working groups will be published here and updated as that work progresses.

This page is where the most up to date information about the sector deal can be found. For further information about the Nuclear Industry Council, visit and if you have any questions about the sector deal, please contact

Future Workforce

The NSD Future Workforce stream works under five themes: Enhanced skills leadership; Local apprenticeships; Staying at the cutting edge; Sector transferability and Exciting the next generation about nuclear.

  • As part of the leadership strand of the Future Workforce stream in the Nuclear Sector Deal , the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group together with Women in Nuclear UK  (WiN UK) recently jointly launch both a Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap and Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment.
  • The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group’s (NSSG) 2019 Nuclear Workforce Assessment (NWA), the nuclear sector’s annual forecast of skills supply and demand across the sector through to 2030 and beyond, was recently launched at the Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference Nuclear 2019.

Other resources:
Nuclear Workforce Assessment 2019 report – A scenario-based approach to nuclear workforce planning
NSSG Nuclear Workforce Assessment summary
NSSG WiN Sector Gender Roadmap – A journey to a diverse and inclusive sector
Nuclear Apprenticeship Survey 2019

National Decommissioning and Waste Management Pipeline

The National Decommissioning and Waste Management Pipeline is a key deliverable of the Nuclear Sector Deal Legacy Cost Reduction stream. The Pipeline is a strong foundation to build innovative approaches to key challenges including technical problems, commercial frameworks, skills planning and an integrated approach to waste management which are crucial to deliver the Sector Deal’s commitment of a 20% cost reduction of decommissioning by 2030.

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Geographic Information System

The data and information gathered for the Pipeline gives an insight into the key nuclear decommissioning and waste management programmes, projects and activities in progress or planned for the future.

The data has been integrated into a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool to support the analysis of the Pipeline. The use of GIS allows storage, analysis and presentation of the Pipeline data.

To access the GIS tool and receive updates on the Nuclear Sector Deal follow the link below.

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