Over 32 million people in the UK are currently employed, but in which professions do the nation face shortages?
We’ve researched job demand in the UK by the key sectors listed by the Visa Bureau. This shows where to head if you work in industries like finance, education and healthcare.
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UK Skills Demand by Region
We’ve studied 18 employment sectors currently in high demand in the UK. We’ve compared the averages of 12 regions and compared with the overall national demand to see who comes out on top.
|Region||OVERALL INDEX SCORE|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||5.44|
|North East & Cumbria||5.20|
Methodology: We took 18 of the most in demand job sectors from the UK Visa Bureau ‘UK Shortage Occupations List’. We then took both an overall UK average demand from online job sites, and a region specific average to create a ‘person per vacancy’ score.
UK Job Demand Breakdown
Find out which regions are producing the highest demand for specific jobs in our rankings below. We’ve looked at shortages across 18 varying industries.
|Biological Scientists and Biochemists||South West||South East||London||North West||Wales|
|Buyers and Purchasing||South West||East Midlands||South East||London||Wales|
|Chefs, Cooks||London||North West||South West||South East||Wales|
|Chemical Engineers||North West||East||London||North East & Cumbria||Wales|
|Design and Development Engineers||London||North West||West Midlands||Wales||South East|
|Directors and CEOs||London||North West||South West||West Midlands||Wales|
|Electrical Engineers||North West||London||West Midlands||Wales||South West|
|Financial Sector (Management Consultants, Actuaries, Economists and Statisticians)||South West||London||South East||North West||East Midlands|
|Graphic Designers||London||North West||South West||South East||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Mechanical Engineers||North West||London||West Midlands||Wales||South East|
|Medical and Dental Technicians||London||Scotland||West Midlands||Wales||North West|
|Medical Radiographers||London||North West||South West||South East||West Midlands|
|Nurses||North West||London||Wales||West Midlands||South East|
|Production, Works and Maintenance Managers||North West||London||Northern Ireland||West Midlands||Wales|
|Secondary Teaching||South West||Yorkshire and the Humber||London||South East||North West|
|Social Workers||North West||London||Wales||West Midlands||North East & Cumbria|
|Software||London||South West||South East||North West||East Midlands|
|Welding||North West||Wales||West Midlands||East Midlands||South West|
Job Demand: London vs UK
With a population of over 8.7 million, jobs are often more competitive in the UK capital. Find out how vacancies in London compare to the national average.
|JOB||% Above/Below National Average|
|Finance Sector (Management Consultants, Actuaries, Economists and Statisticians)||55.1%|
|Directors and CEOs||53.1%|
|Production, Works and Maintenance Managers||41.6%|
|Buyers and Purchasing Officers||39.0%|
|Design and Development Engineers||35.4%|
|Biological Scientists and Biochemists||34.0%|
|Medical and Dental Technicians||17.0%|
Job Shortages: Healthcare Industry Breakdown
The health sector is an invaluable part of UK society, but faces high demand like many other industries. From social workers to radiographers, look below to find the regions where the highest demand sits.
|North East & Cumbria||5.06|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||3.56|
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