How do employers fill their vacancies?

The answer is ...

... in lots of different ways


45% of jobs are never advertised

Source: UKCES Employers' Perspective Survey 2016, published June 2017, updated January 2018

82% of employers use more than one way to advertise their vacancies - 91% use word of mouth, social media and their own website, and 69% use local press, careers services and Government services, such as the Jobcentre. Check notice boards and shop windows too. 

This means you need to use lots of ways to find a job

Ask family and friends if they know of any jobs going, get them to spread the word that you are looking for work, and don't forget to visit local employers and leave your CVAND search for jobs online - set up alerts to your inbox.

Page updated June 2018

Yorkshire's fastest 50 growing companies

... for 2018

in alphabetical order:

  • AllGas 1 Ltd, Barnsley, supplier and maintainer of gas and electrical appliances and accessories

  • A Andrews & Sons (Marbles & Tiles) Ltd, Leeds, hard wall and floor tiling contractor

  • A-SAFE, Elland, manufactures polymer safety barriers

  • Atlas Leisure Homes, Hull, designs holiday homes

  • Awesome Merchandise, Leeds, manufactures custom merchandise, such as T-shirts for bands, stickers for artists, banners for events

  • Azzure IT, Sheffield, specialist provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions

  • Beechwood Leisure, Thirsk, used caravan dealership

  • Beverley Funerals Limited, Beverley

  • Bonus Electrical, Leeds, independent electrical wholesaler

  • Carnaby Caravans Limited, Bridlington, luxury accommodation for families

  • Castle Employment, Scarborough, recruitment company

  • Caval, Leeds, construction recruitment specialist

  • Classic & Sportscar Centre, Malton, buys and sells classic, vintage and collectors cars

  • CNG (Group) Limited, Harrogate, supplies gas tariffs to companies

  • Concorde BGW Group, Doncaster, design and build projects for the leisure and hospitality sectors

  • Consult Search & Selection, Sheffield, recruitment agency for commercial and clinical roles within the dental, audiology, medical devices, animal health and scientific markets

  • Cover Structure, Leeds, provides cladding and glazing solutions for the public sector, leisure and industrial and commercial sectors

  • Dunnington Electricals Ltd, Harrogate, specialises in industrial and commercial electrical projects

  • East Riding Sacks Limited, York, manufacturer of multi-wall paper sacks

  • F&G Holdings, Barnsley, truck servicing and sales

  • The Green Group, Maltby, logistics

  • Healthcare 21, Leeds, supplier of healthcare solutions

  • Hesco Bastion, Leeds, designs and manufactures rapidly deployable barrier systems

  • Hisense UK Limited, Leeds, electronics and consumer goods manufacturer

  • J Rotherham, York, specialist stone masons

  • Kaye Aluminium (Holdings) Limited, Doncaster, manufactures aluminium profiles for the building, electronic and automotive sectors

  • Kelkay, Goole, makers of garden landscaping products

  • Logical Personnel Solutions, Leeds, recruitment agency for construction, facilities management, logistics, manufacturing, training, fleet solutions and energy and process markets

  • Millgate Connect Limited, Sheffield, provides IT and communication solutions

  • Orbital Umbrella Limited, Barnsley, provides support for UK-based contract workers with PAYE and self-employed payroll options

  • Patrington Haven Leisure Park, Hull

  • PAW (Holdings) Limited, Skipton, designer, manufacturer and installer of pre-engineered light gauge building systems

  • Peter Ward Homes, Beverley, independent housebuilder in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

  • Priestley Homes, Leeds, developer specialising in the conversion of historic buildings

  • Production Park, Wakefield, training for live events professionals

  • Pure Retirement, Leeds, mortgage lender, including equity release

  • Redline Specialist Cars, Knaresborough, sells sports cars, supercars, performance cars, prestige and 4x4 vehicles

  • RN Wooler & Co Ltd, Keighley, construction and civil engineering projects

  • Roy Hatfield Group, Rotherham, metals and minerals, gypsum recycling and industrial and environmental services

  • Scan-Thors (UK) Limited, Keighley, mail-order wholesale business

  • Sigma, Castleford, provides supply, consolidation, management and re-use of fixtures and fittings as well as shop fitting and project management for retailers

  • SmartSearch, Leeds, electronic anti money laundering (AML) verification services for individuals and businesses across the UK and international markets

  • SWARCO Traffic Ltd, Richmond, manufactures technology products for urban, motorway, public transport, and parking applications

  • Team17, Wakefield, produces gaming platforms

  • TEF Transport Limited, Bridlington, logistics and warehouse

  • Terberg DTS (UK) Ltd, Elland, supplier of specialist vehicles and support for the seaport, distribution and aviation sectors

  • The Harris Partnership, Wakefield, commercial architectural practice

  • The Tex Services Group, Leeds, facilities service, maintenance and repair company for commercial and domestic marketVerona, Leeds, distributor of tiles and mosaics

  • Wilsons Furnishers (Holdings) Limited, Rotherham, flooring stockist

Source: taken from a list published by the Yorkshire Post in 2018. The companies in this list have been selected from the table of fastest growing profit-making, private, regional companies, based on turnover growth. Information has been compiled using data which is publicly available at Companies House of UK-listed companies before being verified.


Page updated April 2018


What does volunteering involve?

A group of volunteers picking up litterIt's about spending some of your free time doing something that helps other people, the community or the environment

... you don't get paid but you will gain lots of other things

If you volunteer you'll:

  • be helping your local community
  • meet new people - helping some of them
  • get some useful work experience
  • increase your confidence
  • feel good about helping other people
  • give you something to put on a CV or in an application form and talk about at interview.

All kinds of people feel better about themselves after volunteering.

Whoever you are there is always something you can do to help others, listening to someone or making them a cup of tea can be enough to help someone. There is a volunteer job for everyone and if you're worried or you need some help to volunteer, that's available too.

You can choose from a range of volunteering jobs that use your existing skills and/or help you develop new skills. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you, there are all kinds of volunteer opportunities where you can help during the week, at weekends, during the day or in the evenings.

You don't need to provide anything, you should be provided with the tools or equipment needed to do your volunteering. And other than getting to the organisation, it shouldn't cost you anything - some charities may even have funding to help volunteers get to and from their organisation. If you work with children and some adults you may need to be DBS checked to make sure you are the right kind of person to do this work.

Why not contact one of the following to find out more:

Need extra support to volunteer?

If you need it, volunteers may be able to help you too:


Volunteering option after Year 11

Check out our video on volunteering and studying part-time after Year 11 or read about all your options (49kb PDF).


Page updated May 2018

Yorkshire's 'best' companies to work for in 2018

Some of the 'best' companies to work for are as follows:

1 The New World Trading Co.

2 Motorpoint


4 Dove House Hospice

5 Eden Training Solutions

6 Xiros

7 Beaverbrooks

8 LifeSkills Solutions

9 Sytner Group

10 Search Laboratory

11 Robinwood Activity Centres

12 Sewell Group

13 networx

14 HIT Training

15 Touchstone

16 Explore Learning

17 Sky Betting & Gaming

18 The Entertainer

19 JD Garage Equipment

20 Curtins

21 University of York Students’ Union (YUSU)

22 EY

23 BWB Consulting

24 PureGym

25 Bibby Financial Services

26 Skipton Building Society

27 Stickyeyes Group

28 HLM

29 Build-A-Bear Workshop

30 Deloitte

The research was compiled by Best Companies and lists 75 of the companies in Yorkshire that are 'leading the field in creating engaging and exciting workplaces'. 

Source: Yorkshire Business Insider 2018

Page updated April 2018

Qualifications have a big effect on pay

Usually the higher your qualifications, the more you're paid

The graph below shows ...

... the average gross weekly pay of full-time employees aged 16-64 by highest qualification held as researched in Quarter 1, January to March 2018 in England

Pay and Qualifications graph 2018

  • Level 4 and above = for example, higher national certicate or diploma, foundation degree, degree apprenticeship or degree
  • Level 3 = A level or BTEC National Diploma
  • Level 2 = 4 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or A* to C or BTEC First
Source: Labour Force Survey 2018;
Note: the graph above does not include earnings from any additional part-time jobs/work employees may have

Those with higher qualifications tend to earn more:

  • the number of jobs needing higher skills, such as leadership and management skills is increasing
  • the need for higher level skills is expected to be the strongest in engineering, manufacturing and construction
  • there are likely to be more competition for lower skilled jobs in the future.
    Sources: Gateway to growth: CBI / Pearson education and skill survey; The Future of Work, UKCES; Winning the Global Race, IPPR

Remember qualifications alone are not enough, skills, experience and attitude are just as important.

So if you want to earn more you need to get the best qualifications you can, consider an apprenticeship or college course, you may earn less in the short term but you should earn more for the rest of your life.

Page updated June 2018

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