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 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 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.

National Careers Service labour market information Yorkshire and Humber July to September 2019
Source: National Careers Service e-pack, updated July 2019

More facts:

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 2019
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

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Page updated July 2019

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