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Find out where the jobs of the future are in Leeds using local labour market information. Explore the range of valuable information available to help you decide what best suits you and your skills.​

Click to expandDigital and Creative Industry

Careers

ICT Services, Creative Services and Digital and Design Crafts – salaries range from, £12,000 to £40,000.


Essential Skills

  • An interest in new technology
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving ability
  • Strong IT skills
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Good organisation and the ability to work to tight deadlines

Labour Market Information

  • Over 10,000 people are employed in the sector in Leeds
  • 1,350 Digital companies are based in Leeds
  • By 2025 there will be 6% more jobs in the sector
  • A growing industry with a 50% increase in mid-level tech jobs
  • Future skills focus on coding and flexible, freelance working to meet demand

Top Employers

  • Sky
  • KPMG
  • EMIS
  • Barclays Bank
  • Words and Pictures
  • Brass

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Click to expandConstruction and Infrastructure

Careers

Construction Crafts, Building Services and The Built Environment – salaries range from, £15,000 to £49,000.


Essential Skills

  • Good team worker
  • Practical and good with your hands
  • Fit and healthy
  • Able to cope with heights
  • Ability to follow and understand plans and drawings
  • Happy working outdoors

Labour Market Information

  • Leeds employs over 31,000 people in the sector
  • There are 2,925 Construction and Infrastructure businesses in Leeds
  • A 14% increase in the number of jobs in this sector is expected by 2025
  • Upcoming developments include Leeds South Bank, Enterprise Zone, East Leeds Extension and HS2
  • Future skills in demand include Heritage Construction, wood trades and sustainable, low carbon technologies

Top Employers

  • Imtech UK Ltd
  • NG Bailey Group Ltd
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Wates Construction
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Clugston Group Limited

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Click to expandRetail and Hospitality

Careers

Retail Services, Hospitality Environment and Retail Store Operations – salaries range from £11,000 to £52,000.


Essential Skills

  • Well presented
  • Polite and friendly
  • The ability to be around and get on with all kinds of people
  • Willing to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • The ability to excite or inspire people to buy products or services
  • Being a good team worker
  • Willing to work shifts or unsociable hours

Labour Market Information

  • Over 100,000 people are employed in the sector in Leeds
  • 5,310 Retail and Hospitality businesses are based in Leeds
  • By 2025 there will be 18% more jobs in the sector
  • Upcoming developments such as White Rose Shopping Centre Extension, Victoria Gate Casino and Thorpe Park Cinema will create jobs in the sector
  • Future skills focus on multimedia and digital channels: making purchasing goods faster and easier

Top Employers

  • Premier Inn
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Asda Leeds Head Office
  • Trinity Leeds
  • Victoria Gate
  • White Rose Shopping Centre
  • Merrion Centre Leeds

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Click to expandManufacturing and Engineering

Careers

Biomedical Engineer, Manufacturing Systems Engineer and Mechanical Engineer – salaries range from £25,000 to £40,000.


Essential Skills

  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Practical and good with your hands
  • Creative
  • Ability to follow and understand plans and drawings
  • Strong mathematical and scientific skills
  • Curiosity about how things work

Labour Market Information

  • There are 6,610 Engineering and Manufacturing businesses in Leeds
  • Leeds employs over 33,000 people in the sector
  • By 2025 there will be 3% fewer jobs in the sector
  • Future focus on skilled engineering roles to fill gaps in the retiring workforce
  • Upcoming developments such as HS2 will create a skills demand

Top Employers

  • Delphi Automotive
  • Arla Foods
  • Surgical Innovations
  • Symington's Ltd.

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Click to expandHealth and Social Care

Careers

Care Services, Child Care/Social Services, Medical Technology, Medical Research and Science – salaries range from £10,000 to £53,000.


Essential Skills

  • Good at working with a range of different people
  • Committed to caring for people,
  • Willing to work shifts and unsociable hours
  • Attentive and well-organised
  • Not squeamish
  • Observant and patient

Labour Market Information

  • There are 1,380 Health and Social Care businesses in Leeds
  • Leeds employs over 24,000 people in the sector and has the largest hospital trust in Europe
  • By 2025 there will be 15% more jobs in the sector
  • Upcoming developments such as Thorpe Park East Leeds Extension, Surgical Innovations Unit and East Scholes Area, Healthcare Units and Extra care residential housing will create jobs in the sector
  • Future focus on skills for social and residential care to continually improve healthcare for the ageing population, and the manufacturing of medical equipment

Top Employers

  • NHS Leeds Teaching Hospitals
  • Nuffield Health
  • BUPA
  • St Anne’s Community Services
  • Brandon Medical
  • De Puys Synthes
  • EMIS Medipex

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