The UK job market

ALL job sectors will be recruiting ...

... because many people will be retiring and some will change jobs

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Job growth includes:

  • Business services will drive growth, adding over 1.3m jobs
  • Retail, accommodation and catering are expected to grow moderately, adding 640,000 jobs
  • Construction will grow driven by demand for housing and infrastructure projects, adding 300,000 jobs
  • Health and social care will continue to grow due to the ageing population
  • Business, science, engineering and technology, and teaching will need more people with high levels qualifications
  • Carers and elementary administration and service occupations, such as clerical, cleaners, security guards, kitchen assistants) will have a high demand

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 Find out what the key UK trends are in 19 different job sectors - click on the individual sector images to see information on job growth or loss, pay and more from Emsi economic modelling

 

Job losses include:

  • Public sector and manufacturing will both have smaller shares of jobs – but both will have vacancies because of replacement demand from people retiring etc
  • Skilled and semi-skilled manual jobs
  • Traditional clerical jobs
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Top 10 occupations expected to recruit the most people by 2024:

  • Managers and directors, such as chief executives, production managers - 1.89m
  • Caring and personal services, such as care workers, nursing auxiliaries - 1.47m
  • Elementary administration and service jobs, such as security guards, cleaners, shelf fillers, bar staff - 1.37m
  • Business and public service associate professionals, such as accounting technicians, insurance underwriters - 1.3m
  • Business, media and public service professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, surveyors - 1.04m
  • Administrative jobs, such as finance officers, pensions and insurance clerks, sales administrators - 1.04m
  • Teaching and education professionals - 920,000
  • Health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists - 795,000
  • Science, research, engineering and technology professionals, such as engineers, chemists, IT professionals - 747,000
  • Sales - 639,000

All jobs sectors will be recruiting due to people retiring or changing jobs. The number of jobs in the UK is expected to grow each year by around 0.5%. Start by searching for local vacancies 

The number of jobs in occupations that need a high level qualification, such as a degree or technician level qualification, is expected to continue growing but more slowly than between 2004 and 2014.

Page updated April 2016

 Sources: UKCES: Working Futures 2014 to 2024; April 2016

 

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