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.
UK Skills Demand by Region
We’ve studied key 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||% ABOVE/BELOW AVERAGE|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||-1.15%|
|North East & Cumbria||-2.07%|
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 key varying industries.
|Financial Sector (Management Consultants, Actuaries, Economists and Statisticians)||South West (92.37%)||London (55.10%)||South East (19.81%)||Scotland (-12.19%)|
|Directors and CEOs||London (53.10%)||North West (50.33%)||South West (-1.52%)||North East & Cumbria (-15.52%)|
|Secondary Teaching||South West (132.29%)||Yorkshire and the Humber (100.27%)||London (50.10%)||Scotland (-37.33%)|
|Software||London (48.00%)||South West (39.37%)||South East (17.41%)||Scotland (-13.95%)|
|Graphic Designers||London (44.50%)||North West (-2.24%)||South West (-8.74%)||North East & Cumbria (-22.86%)|
|Chefs, Cooks||London (38.50%)||North West (17.42%)||South West (7.35%)||East (-25.71%)|
|Nurses||North West (29.58%)||London (28.90%)||Wales (1.53%)||East (-19.55%)|
|Social Workers||North West (48.51%)||London (24.80%)||Wales (10.85%)||Northern Ireland (-25.24%)|
|Mechanical Engineers||North West (24.10%)||London (15.70%)||West Midlands (2.66%)||East (-28.55%)|
|Welding||North West (96.50%)||Wales (84.05%)||West Midlands (82.88%)||Scotland (-39.48%)|
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%|
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|