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 2017:

Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Nurses 
Large goods vehicle drivers
IT user support technicians
Business sales executives
Human resources and industrial relations officers
Programmers and software development professionals 
Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
Care workers and home carers
Medical practitioners

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

831
765
614
507
506
497
458
454
442
360

1,418
1,364
1,043
980
885
877
873
841
776
773

Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions January 2018                                     *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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