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'  2019, a directory of fastest growing small and medium-sized companies:

Arrow Film Converters

Printed films

Castleford

OE Electrics

Designer and manufacturer of power and data distribution solutions

Wakefield

Premier Technical
Services Group

Electrical services and safety testing Castleford

Sigma Group

Retail Castleford

Stroma Group

Construction Services

Castleford

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 ONLINE vacancies between 22 May 2018 to 20 May 2019:

Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Customer service occupations n.e.c.
Sales related occupations n.e.c.
Nurses
Care workers and home carers
Large goods vehicle drivers
Human resources and industrial relations officers
Elementary storage occupations
Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.

Main industry groups advertised online only:
Education
Human health activities
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Public administration and defence; compulsory social securit
Land transport and transport via pipelines
Social work activities without accommodation
Residential care activities
Food and beverage service activities
Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities

774
728
728
706
654
617
423
381
381
364

1,889
1,812
789
527
506
472
421
400
369
348

      Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions May 2019                                   

      *n.e.c. - not elsewhere classified

The sectors with the largest numbers of employees in Wakefield in 2017 were:

Sector No. of employees 2016 No. of employees 2017 Trend
Retail and wholesale 22,000 26,000 up arrow
Health and social care 20,000 19,000

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Manufacturing 16,000 17,000 up arrow
Transport and storage 16,000 16,000

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Business administration & support services 14,000 14,000

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Education 12,000  12,000

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Accommodation and food services 8,000  9,000 up arrow
Public administration and defence  9,000  9,000

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Professional, scientific and technical 7,000  8,000

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Construction 7,000  7,000

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Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 5,000  2,500

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Source: BRES via NOMIS October 2018 (data rounded to nearest 100)

 

Page updated October 2018

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