4 Sectors with Skills Shortages
Pursue A Career In An Area That Will Allow You More Freedom
Leigh Gillatt • Careers Advice
From the vast number of reports and statistics being published in the media about the current lack of opportunities in the UK job market, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the outlook was bleak for anyone wanting to embark on a new career.
Record numbers of students are being accepted at universities and in the past few years there have been the highest ever number of graduates achieving first-class honours, so competition is understandably fierce in many of the more popular sectors.
That being said, if you are looking to pursue a career in an area that will allow you more freedom and the chances of obtaining a very competitive salary, there are a few sectors that are crying out for fresh new talent due to skills shortages. Diverse Employment have picked our top 4 for you to consider.
Accounting is a diverse industry, with plenty of opportunities to work independently, as part of a firm, or within a particular area or sector. Furthermore, it’s also an industry where there is a big demand for candidates with the right training and skillset, demonstrated in the 10.2% year-on-year rise in advertised vacancies between the months of March and June 2016, as reported by APSCo.
Additionally, there are plenty of routes into a career as an accountant, such as taking a related degree or embarking on professional training with a recognised body like the AAT or CIMA. These bodies generally offer the most flexible training options, with courses and distance learning available for anyone looking to start their journey as a qualified accountant. Courses are general easy to find.
While some sectors experienced problems and reduced growth during the last recession, IT never slowed in its growth. Over the last few years new-tech start-ups have been responsible for some of the largest seen investments. In this ever more tech-orientated world, the need for IT professionals who specialise in making sure that everything runs according to plan has never been higher.
IT is an area to get involved in if you are looking for a career at the cutting edge. Also, because almost every company needs to adapt or embrace technology to thrive, the opportunities to find a role are almost limitless.
3. Warehousing & Logistics
The warehousing and logistics sector is one that is often overlooked. It is an essential support industry for many large companies, such as those involved in e-commerce and manufacturing, and without it they would simply grind to a halt. Warehousing and logistics isn’t a very glamorous career, however, there’s virtually no marketplace that doesn’t rely on material handlers to move their items at some point down the line. Because of this, it’s an indispensable industry, one that can provide a career for life.
The best way to start a career in the sector is through an apprenticeship, where you can earn as you learn, gaining hands-on experience in the warehouse or depot environment. Already got some experience? Why not visit our Warehouse Jobs page to see what vacancies are currently available.
Engineering has a lot of specialisations, from mechanical and manufacturing to chemical and electrical. It plays a key role in the day-to-day operation of many industries. What’s more, is the fact that it is another area of employment that is in need of people with the right skills and training to secure a bright future for the UK.
This sector has to be one of the worst hit by a skills shortage, in fact the Royal Academy of Engineering have calculated that the UK needs 75,000 new engineers every year from now until 2020 to meet the industry’s targets. Because of this, pursuing a career in this sector can give you a lot of choice over where you work and what your role will be — not to mention the healthy salary prospects and future employability benefits you will enjoy.
Routes to obtain the right skills to pursue a career in engineering can be through Higher Education courses such as a degree or again as with Warehousing, via an apprenticeship. Contact us and we'll be more than happy to discuss your opportunities, with our current set of higher education and industry contacts we'll be able to help steer you in the right direction.