With Britain’s economic recovery well on track, companies are feeling more confident about hiring. The UK’s jobless rate is at a 10-year low, with people across all skillsets finding it easier to land work.
However, some sectors are facing a severe shortage of skilled candidates. Recruitment website Adzuna has revealed which sectors had the highest number of vacancies on its website in March. It has also listed the average salary.
So if you’re thinking about learning a skill or fancy a career change, here are the sectors you should be looking at.
Number of roles: 78,467
Average salary: £38,210
There is a severe shortage of engineers in the UK, which has prompted billionaire inventor James Dyson to warn of a “suicidal shortage” that is doing damage to the UK’s reputation as an innovator. The Royal Academy of Engineering warns there will be a shortfall of 1.8 million engineers over the next decade. Adzuna says engineering roles are the most heavily-advertised on its site. In March, there were 78,467 vacancies open, offering average pay of more than £38,000.
Number of roles: 58,788
Average salary: £31,876
Analysts say the NHS is experiencing a chronic shortage of nurses due to serious underfunding. The Government’s decision last year to scrap the bursary scheme that paid nurses during training has also been blamed for fewer people entering the profession. However, others argue the removal of the bursary will allow colleges and universities to offer more training places. Staff nurses typically start on salaries in the early £20,000s, although those at the top of their game can earn closer to £100,000.
Number of roles: 56,754
Average salary: £43,305
Developers are also high in demand, particularly software developers. Applicants with strong Java knowledge are particularly sought after, says Adzuna.
Number of roles: 41,566
Average salary: £35,813
Consultancy is a wide area that spans many industries and touches upon various salary bands. Management consultants are seen to have high levels of technical skills, which are needed to help firms streamline their business. The industry also has a high churn rate, due to the fact that consultants often work long and unsocial hours.
5. Recruitment consultant
Number of roles: 41,560
Average salary: £35,810
With vacancies flooding the jobs market, recruitment consultants are also in high demand to pick out the best talent. Recruitment consultants earn a significant proportion of their salary from commission. Even so, average salaries are relatively high at around £35,000.
Number of roles: 40,692
Average salary: £29,571
Like nurses, teachers are also in short supply. Spending watchdog the National Audit Office recently warned that schools in poorer areas are finding it particularly hard to attract trained teachers. There is a particular shortage of maths and science teachers across the country. It is estimated that 28% of secondary physics lessons are now being taught by someone who only has an A-level qualification in the subject.
Number of roles: 35,499
Average salary: £20,724
Office administrators are always high in demand, although the average salary is at the lower end of the earnings bracket at around £20,000. However, this could be because part time jobs are common in this area.
Number of roles: 21,341
Average salary: £22,394
Britons love dining out, and figures show leisure spend in the UK is consistently rising. Working as a chef isn’t for the faint-hearted. The hours are long and the work is tough. There were more than 20,000 job openings on Adzuna in May.
Number of roles: 21,041
Average salary: £39,424
Digital designers are particularly high in demand, and are needed to create content for adverts and anything else that needs creative input. Junior designers are more likely to start on salaries in the early £20,000s, but this rises with experience. Adzuna says the average salary across the UK is almost £40,000.
10. Sales executive
Number of roles : 18,682
Average salary: £27,965
Sales executives are needed across all sectors and industries. They are responsible for selling a company’s products and services, and will often play a key role in introducing new products.