Jobs in Wakefield

Wakefield’s industry structure shows a high level of specialisation...

...in transportation and storage businesses, and public administration. Castelford is an important employment centre. Employment growth is mainly in medium-sized businesses.                      

Key sectors for the area include:

  • Warehousing, logictics and transport
  • Food manufacturing
  • Public administration - there is more employment in this sector than many other towns and cities. Continuting cuts are likely to lead to further job losses

The following companies are listed in the London Stock Exchange Group '1000 companies to inspire Britain', a directory of fastest growing small and medium-sized companies:

Access Hire Nationwide Limited

Automotive

Normanton

BRT supplies Limited

Building materials Castleford

FSH Maintenance Limited

Construction Castleford

Harvard Engineering plc

Electrical electronic manufacturing Normanton

Joseph Rhodes Limited

Mechanical or industrial engineering Wakefield

Poundworld Retail Limited

Retail sales Normanton

Examples of companies in Wakefield's key sectors (197kb PDF)

A lot of jobs are thought to be filled by word of mouth,
 the list below provides...

...a guide to the most frequently advertised vacancies online only in 2016:

Nurses
Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Care workers and home carers
Programmers and software development professionals
Large goods vehicle drivers
Business sales executives
Primary and nursery education teaching professionals
Sales related occupations n.e.c.
Teaching assistants
IT user support technicians

Main occupational groups advertised online only:
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
Teaching and educational professionals
Nursing and midwifery professionals
Other administrative occupations
Caring personal services
Road transport drivers
Engineering professionals
Childcare and related personal services
Public services and other associate professionals

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750
600
589
579
541
468
398
391
389

1,378
1,364
1,184
919
894
805
802
628
575
575

Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions 2017                                     *n.e.c. - not elsewhere classified

The sectors with the largest numbers of employees in Wakefield in 2015 were:

Sector No. of employees 2011 No. of employees 2015 Trend
Health and social care 19,000 21,000 up arrow
Manufacturing 15,000 19,000 up arrow
Retail 15,000 14,000 up arrow
Transport and storage (inc postal) 14,000 14,000

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Business administration & support services 10,000 12,000 up arrow
Education 11,000 12,000 up arrow
Wholesale 8,000 9,000  up arrow
Accommodation and food services 8,000 9,000 up arrow
Professional, scientific and technical 6,000 8,000 up arrow
Public administration and defence 10,000 8,000 down arrow
Construction 7,000 7,000

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Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 5,000 6,000 up arrow
Motor trades 3,500 3,500

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Source: BRES via NOMIS 2017 (data rounded to nearest 100)

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