Future jobs

Knowing about the future job market can be very helpful when you are planning your career. For example; what skills to learn or courses to study, what are your chances of getting into your chosen job, or of finding work. No-one really knows what will happen in the future but by studying trends we can make an educated guess.

All the time new jobs are created and some are lost

We know:            

  • on average people change jobs 11 times in their life   
  • 2 out of 3 jobs require higher level qualifications   
  • few qualifications = low paid jobs   
  • 9 out of 10 jobs require IT skills


Predicted UK changes for 2014-2024 include:

  • The number of jobs will rise by around 1.8 million between 2014-2024
  • Construction will be the strongest performing sector
  • The number of jobs in manufacturing will continue to decline but jobs will become more skilled
  • The largest net decline will be in administrative and secretarial jobs
  • There will be strong growth in jobs in caring, leisure and other services
  • There will continue to be a shift towards higher skilled occupations


What this could mean for you making decisions about your future

Highly skilled jobs will increase as lower skilled jobs decline

  •  It is important to continue in learning, gaining higher skills and qualifications to compete in the labour market


Globalisation has increased the number of companies operating internationally

  •  An ability to communicate electronically and in other languages will boost your chances of employment


In recent years the growth in the UK has been in IT, finance and business services, with greater employment opportunities in sport, leisure, social and personal services.

  •  These areas require skilled individuals with good communication


There will continue to be new technological advances which will transform industries and open up new opportunities and create new jobs which do not currently exist.

  •  A greener economy with a need to develop low carbon resource efficient products and services
  • Changes in the demographics with the population living longer, requiring more social care and health services


These predictions suggest there will be a need for scientists, engineers and technologists, creative individuals with good electronic communication skills, and those with caring and people skills. IT skills will become a necessity in all jobs.