Leeds City Region

Business and industry sectors important in the region

Leeds City Region and its important sectors

Source: Leeds City Region

or read the information about the above sectors (107kb PDF).

Sectors of most importance in the region include: advanced manufacturing - important to the UK economy too; finance and professional services; health* and life sciences - 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 vacanciesIn 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

Take a look at a list of some of the best companies to work for in Yorkshire in 2018 and Yorkshire's fastest 50 growing companies, 2018.

NCS LMI YandH April 2019
Source: National Careers Service e-pack, updated April 2019

Get the facts:

  • just 30% of people working in corporate management are women

  • 54% of people working in higher skilled jobs are men

  • Since 2004, there were 100,000 new high skilled jobs created - they were the main source of new employment. Growth in these jobs has levelled off in more recent years.

  •  Over the same period, there were 13,000 new jobs in service occupations, such as care, sales and customer service

  • It's expected  by 2027/8, there will be an average of 4% growth in jobs but high skilled occupations will grow at an average rate of 12%

  • Overall new job growth over the next 10 years will be 60,000. Due to the need to replace people leaving or retiring, there are expected to be 300,000 jobs available in total, 220,000 are expected to be high skilled jobs.

By 2024, the number of jobs in the Leeds City Region is expected to grow by 300,000.
Around 220,000 of these will be in 'high level' jobs

Source: Leeds City Region labour market information report 2017/2018, updated February 2018
Between October 2017 and October 2018:

up arrowThe 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%

up arrowAround 28% of financial intermediation (financial deposit and lending) companies and 27% of public services also expect to increase their workforce

up arrowAll sectors have at least 18% of organisations expecting to increase their workforce size

equalAround 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 June 2018

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