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Top 5 sectors for employment in the UK

Here at, we’ve crunched the stats to pull together a report on the highest performing job sectors in the UK in the last 12 months.

If you’re looking for a new career path, a fresh start or just want to know where to focus your effort, this report will give you the insight you need.

The sectors standing out in the UK market right now all have a good selection of jobs in your area, available through our site.

Looking at the last 12 months, it is clear to see that Technician is by far the largest job sector to increase by 40% with a total of 59,000+ vacancies. Care, education, sales and retail also had significant increase in vacancies this year.


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According to availability of vacancies over the last 12 months on our site

Do you have what it takes to work in the sector of...

1. Technician

Technician jobs -

Role/Responsibilities - A technician is a term for someone who works in a field of technology, with there being many different technician job roles. From audio to medical technicians, the job roles vary dramatically.

Working hours - You will typically start between 7am and 10am. Some days you may be required to work late.

Attributes needed - The ability to think analytically to problem solve is a key requirement.  Another important attribute is flexibility in how you work. Whether that’s on your own or as part of a team you’ll need to adapt.  This will also require great communication skills both written and verbal.

Education/Experience required - Generally a good level of education will be required for whatever sector you’re looking at going into.  Five GCSEs grade 9-4 including English, Maths and Science will allow you to specialise in areas of further education relevant to the industry you want to work in.J ust like other professions, with more experience the opportunities will be there to take on more and move into more senior roles.

Who you can work for - As a technician you could work for a variety of employers, such as hospitals, car manufacturers or retail groups.

2. Care

Care jobs -

Role/Responsibilities - This industry offers a huge range of rewarding career opportunities from junior to senior appointments. Most day-to-day roles involve performing the tasks sometimes carried out by a close friend or relative but in a trained, professional and knowledgeable way.  Senior roles involve managing operational teams. Care roles are available across the UK. Workers in the care sector must be aware of the needs of the customer and work to the highest standards every day to ensure people within their care retain their dignity and remain safe.

Working hours - Will vary depending on the role and sector but many care roles will involve shift work.  

Attributes needed - Being a good team player and communicator are essential attributes as well as having empathy and emotional intelligence.

Who you can work for - People interested in working in the care sector could consider care homes, hospitals or even schools or nurseries. Roles in care can involve working with many different groups of vulnerable people, from the elderly and disabled to young children.

Education/Experience required - There won't be any requirements to have academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-Levels or degrees. However, some employers will ask for some First Aid skills and Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care.


3. Education

Education jobs -

Role/Responsibilities - Working in the education sector is a very rewarding career as you teach or assist the stars of the future. You would be responsible for planning lessons in line with national objectives and monitoring and recording the progress of your classes. It is also key to keep up to date with developments in your subject.

Working hours - Normal school hours are between 8:30am-4pm but lesson planning or teacher training can mean working outside these hours. University hours normally run between 9am-6pm but evening classes can run past these times.

Attributes needed - To be a teacher or lecturer, you need to be enthusiastic, motivated, committed and have strong communication skills.

Education/Experience required - You will need to get a postgraduate certificate in secondary education (PGCE) or a professional graduate diploma in education (PGDE) in Scotland. These are available at many universities and colleges.

Who you can work for - Universities, schools, further education colleges and training centres are the prime locations for education.


4. Sales

Sales jobs -

Role/Responsibilities - You will be called upon to meet sales targets and increase your company's profits.You will need an intimate knowledge of your product to sell to clients with workplaces shared between the office and on the road. Sometimes you may be expected to travel anywhere in the UK or even abroad.

Working hours - Being a sales rep is not a 9-to-5 job. But you will work a typical 40-hour week.

Attributes needed - Competitiveness, Confidence, Enthusiasm, Communications Skills and passion.

Education/Experience required - This will vary upon the industry you're in. Specialist knowledge may require a degree in the relevant field. Usually, though, aptitude is valued above degree qualifications. Sales experience is an advantage but not essential. Proving you have the capacity to learn fast and do the job well is far more important.

Who you can work for - A diverse range of companies, ranging from engineering, medical, electronics, pharmaceutical and clothing, etc.

5. Retail

Retail jobs -

Role/Responsibilities - Working in retail offers the chance to be on the frontline of customer service and to work with interesting products. There are many opportunities in the retail sector and different types of role and level of responsibility Basic retail work involves serving customers by giving advice about products and taking payments. You may also have to deal with customer returns or complaints.
Often you will be tasked with getting the store ready for opening and tidying up throughout the day and at the end of the day to ensure the area is appealing to customers. At supervisor or manager level you will manage teams and ensure performance targets are met and get involved in ordering and auditing stock.

Working hours - Most large retail stores and shops found in major towns and cities are open all day, every day, with the exception of major public holidays such as Christmas and Easter Sunday. Supermarkets can be open 24 hours a day – so to get the best opportunities, be prepared to be flexible.

Attributes needed - Communication skills, being self-motivated, the ability to work on a team and problem-solving skills.

Education/Experience required - Most retail jobs prefer some similar experience or at least experience of working with the public or in a customer-facing role.

Who you can work for - You can work for any kind of retailer from a small, independently run shop that is one of a kind to a large, chain brand with stores across the country or even globe.

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