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 ONLINE vacancies in 2018:

Nurses
Sales related occupations n.e.c.
Care workers and home carers
Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Customer service occupations n.e.c.
Programmers and software development professionals
Secondary education teaching professionals
Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
Large goods vehicle drivers
Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.
Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
Human resources and industrial relations officers

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

2,045
1,900
1,717
1,713
1,606
1,133
1,043
990
953
951
869
788


5,440
4,787
2,184
1,413
1,157
1,084
852
846
711
701
664
642

Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions February 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

up arrow

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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