Leeds City Region
Business and industry sectors important in the region
Source: Leeds City Region
or read the information about the above sectors (107kb PDF).
Sectors of most importance in Leeds City Region include: advanced manufacturing - important to the UK economy too; finance and professional services - including the UK's fastest growing legal sector; health* and innovative medical devices manufacture - the former is a large employer; low carbon and environmental industries; digital and creative - small sector but growing fast; food and drink manufacture and production including biosciences.
Sectors with some of the most skill shortages in the region include: construction, digital, and engineering and manufacturing. Soft skills are very important to employers and are in short supply in many sectors.
Find out more, take a look at the Leeds City Region #FutureGoals website - videos and information, and #FutureGoals booklet - information and space to think about you.
Also visit the Discover Digital websites
Check out the job market in West Yorkshire - view online Shape your future in West Yorkshire 2018/19 (11MB PDF) and search for local vacancies. In West Yorkshire*, including in Calderdale and Kirklees, there is expected to be a gap of over 15% in adult nursing, learning disability nursing, district nursing, health visiting, podiatry/chiropody, therapeutic radiography and social care nurses; there is also a gap of more than 10% in paediatric nursing, mental health nursing, school nurses, physiotherapy. Other health and social care professions are facing a shortage. Increasingly, social care and health care services are merging.
*Source: West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Workforce Strategy April 2018
Between 2004 and 2017 the following sectors grew on average by around:
- 4.25% - culture, media and sports
- 3.1% - caring personal service, inclusing childcare, adult care and nursing auxiliaries
- 2.75% - business, media, public services professionals, includiung legal professions
- 2.5% - health and social care associate professionals
- 2.25% - science, reasearch, engineering and technology professionals
- 2% - health professionals
- 1.8% - business and public service associate professionals
- 1.8% - textiles, printing, other skilled trades
- 1.5% - leisure, travel, related personal service
- 1.5% - teaching and educational professions
In 2017, there were 1.41m people in employment in the Leeds City Region, showing a continued growth in jobs since 2004
Jobs needing higher skills are growing at the fastest rate
Over the same period, secretarial and machine/manual operative jobs
reduced by around 3.5%
Source: Labour Market Report 2018 by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, published 2019Between October 2017 and October 2018:
The sectors with the percentage of companies most likely to increase the size of their workforce in Leeds City Region are construction – 33% and manufacturing – 30%
Around 28% of financial intermediation (financial deposit and lending) companies and 27% of public services also expect to increase their workforce
All sectors have at least 18% of organisations expecting to increase their workforce size
Around 77% of companies in the 'other services' sector and 74% in the hotels and catering sector expect there workforce to stay the same size.
Source: Leeds City Region Business Survey, October 2017
Between 2015 and 2016, the number of jobs in Leeds City Region increased by 2,000, from 1.385m to 1.387m.
- ICT and health saw the biggest increases in jobs, 9,000 and 8,000 respectively
- Manufacturing, business admin, and finance and insurance saw the largest job losses, 16,000, 9,000 and 8,000 respectively
The sectors employing the most 'full-time equivalent' people in Leeds City Region in 2016:
- Health employs 191,000 or 13.8% of the working population, up from 183,000 in 2015
- Education 133,000 or 9.6% of the working population, down from 135,000 in 2015
- Business admin employs 132,000 or 9.5% of the working population, down from 141,000 in 2015
- Manufacturing employs 129,000 or 9.3% of the working population of the working population, down from 145,000 in 2015
- Retail employs 125,000 or 9% of the working population, around the same number as in 2015
- Professional, science & technical employs 105,000 or 7.6% of the working population, down from 106,000 in 2015
Source: Business Register and Employment Survey on NOMIS, April 2018
ALL sectors will have job vacancies
Page updated July 2019