Looking for your first full-time job?
If you're aged 16 or over and looking for your first job, you're likely to start work in an apprenticeship or entry level job with training.
When your employer gets to know you and sees what you can do, you may get the chance to do higher level training in other, sometimes very different jobs and careers in your company.
Jobs for people starting work for the first time ...
Many jobs in
Business and admin
Catering and hospitality
Computing and IT
Customer service and retail sales
Some jobs in
Accounts and finance
Manufacturing and engineering
Hair and beauty
Health and social care
A few jobs in
Chemical and pharmaceutical
Creative and digital
Education and training
Sports ans leisure
Media and publishing
Transport and logistics
Travel and tourism
ALL job sectors will be recruiting ...
... because many people will be retiring and some will change jobs
Source National Careers Service, April 2018, updated June 2018
Job growth includes:
- Business services will drive growth, adding over 1.3m jobs
- Retail, accommodation and catering are expected to grow moderately, adding 640,000 jobs
- Construction will grow driven by demand for housing and infrastructure projects, adding 300,000 jobs
- Health and social care will continue to grow due to the ageing population
- Business, science, engineering and technology, and teaching will need more people with high levels qualifications
- Carers and elementary administration and service occupations, such as clerical, cleaners, security guards, kitchen assistants) will have a high demand
|Find out what the key UK trends are in 15 different job sectors - click on the individual sectors to download an infographic about jobs and earnings, regional hotspots for that sector, and data about the top 10 occupations.
Source: Emsi economic modelling, updated April 2018.
Job losses include:
- Public sector and manufacturing will both have smaller shares of jobs – but both will have vacancies because of replacement demand from people retiring etc
- Skilled and semi-skilled manual jobs
- Traditional clerical jobs
Top 10 occupations expected to recruit the most people by 2024:
- Managers and directors, such as chief executives, production managers - 1.89m
- Caring and personal services, such as care workers, nursing auxiliaries - 1.47m
- Elementary administration and service jobs, such as security guards, cleaners, shelf fillers, bar staff - 1.37m
- Business and public service associate professionals, such as accounting technicians, insurance underwriters - 1.3m
- Business, media and public service professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, surveyors - 1.04m
- Administrative jobs, such as finance officers, pensions and insurance clerks, sales administrators - 1.04m
- Teaching and education professionals - 920,000
- Health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists - 795,000
- Science, research, engineering and technology professionals, such as engineers, chemists, IT professionals - 747,000
- Sales - 639,000
All jobs sectors will be recruiting due to people retiring or changing jobs. The number of jobs in the UK is expected to grow each year by around 0.5%. Start by searching for local vacancies
The number of jobs in occupations that need a high level qualification, such as a degree or technician level qualification, is expected to continue growing but more slowly than between 2004 and 2014.
Page partly updated June 2018
Sources: UKCES: Working Futures 2014 to 2024; April 2016