Leeds City Region

Business and industry sectors important in the region

Jobs, apprenticeships, sectors, employment, unemployment and more in our region:

Leeds City Region LMI September 2020

Source: National Careers Service e-pack, updated September 2020 (436kb PDF)

Jobs in greatest demand

Based on the number of online job postings in skill sectors important to Leeds City Region, August 2018 to July 2019. The  job in greatest demand in each of the main sectors of health and care; construction; engineering and manufacturing; and digital.

LCR Graphic 1

Health and care sector, jobs in demand:

 LCR Health

Construction sector, jobs in demand:

LCR construction

Engineering and manufacturing sector, jobs in demand:

LCR Engineering

Digital sector, jobs in demand:

LCR Digital

Source: Leeds City Region Labour Market Analysis 2019: overview of key messages

Sectors of most importance in Leeds City Region include: advanced manufacturing - important to the UK economy too; finance and professional services - including the UK's fastest growing legal sector; health* and innovative medical devices manufacture - the former is a large employer; low carbon and environmental industries; digital and creative - small sector but growing fast; food and drink manufacture and production including biosciences. See also these careers presentations on sectors

Other important sectors in the region include hospitality, catering and tourism; and low carbon. Retail; and wholesale and motor vehicle sectors employ over 200,000 people each. The education sector employs over 100,000 people. Other important sectors include science and technical services; transport and logistics; and local and central government.

Sectors with some of the most skill shortages in the region include: construction, digital, and engineering and manufacturing. Soft skills are very important to employers and are in short supply in many sectors. 

Communication is the most widespread [soft] skill requirement, followed by planning and organisation skills.
online job adverts for managers, professionals/associates analysed, Leeds City Region labour market analysis 2019, West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Find out more, take a look at the Leeds City Region sector fact sheets, the #FutureGoals website - videos and information, and #FutureGoals booklet -  information and space to think about you. 
Also visit the Discover Digital websites

Check out the job market in West Yorkshire -  view online Shape your future in West Yorkshire 2018/19 (11MB  PDF) and search for local vacanciesIn West Yorkshire*, including in Calderdale and Kirklees, there is expected to be a gap of over 15% in adult nursing, learning disability nursing, district nursing, health visiting, podiatry/chiropody, therapeutic radiography and social care nurses; there is also a gap of more than 10% in paediatric nursing, mental health nursing, school nurses, physiotherapy. Other health and social care professions are facing a shortage. Increasingly, social care and health care services are merging.

*Source: West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Workforce Strategy April 2018

Take a look at a list of some of the best companies to work for in Yorkshire in 2019 and Yorkshire's fastest 50 growing companies, 2020.

More facts:

Between 2004 and 2017 the following sectors grew on average by around:

  • 4.25% - culture, media and sports
  • 3.1% - caring personal service, inclusing childcare, adult care and nursing auxiliaries
  • 2.75% - business, media, public services professionals, includiung legal professions
  • 2.5% - health and social care associate professionals
  • 2.25% - science, reasearch, engineering and technology professionals
  • 2% - health professionals
  • 1.8% - business and public service associate professionals
  • 1.8% - textiles, printing, other skilled trades
  • 1.5% - leisure, travel, related personal service
  • 1.5% - teaching and educational professions

In 2019, there were 1.41m people in employment in the Leeds City Region

  • The number of jobs needing higher skills are growing at the fastest rate
  • Job-related skills and advanced IT/digital skills are seen as the most important skills the region's businesses need to see improve
  • Manufacturing companies and primary producers of raw materials are short of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills
  • Between 54% and 69% of the region's companies are experiencing skill shortages. The finance sector is experiencing the greatest skill shortage - particularly in IT, digital, job-related and, sales and marketing skills
Source: Labour Market Report 2018 by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, published 2019
Between February 2019 and February 2020:

up arrowThe sectors with the percentage of companies most likely to increase the size of their workforce in Leeds City Region are transport and storage – 32% and manufacturing – 28%

up arrowAround 23% of financial deposit and lending companies and 24% of public services also expect to increase their workforce

up arrowAll sectors have at least 11% of organisations expecting to increase their workforce size

equalAround 71% of companies in the 'other services' sector, 76% in the distribution sector and 77% in the hotels and catering sector expect there workforce to stay the same size.

ALL sectors will have job vacancies between now and 2029

In the region, admin jobs are the most likely to have some tasks automated, followed by sales, machine operative and customer service jobs. Most jobs will have some tasks automated but higher level jobs such as managers, scienctists, engineers, technologists, health professionals, teachers and business professionals are the least likely to be automated

  • ICT and digital workers are in high demand

  • 66% of employers need to upskill its workforce. 45% say managers are the most needed due to changes in technology, new products and new working practices

  • 80% of employers in health and social work, and financial services need to upskill their workforce due to the changes above

  • Construction and primary sector/utilities sectors have the greatest skill shortages*, nearly 40%, followed by manufacturing nearly 28%, arts nearly 25%, information/communication (ICT) 21%, and transport and storage sectors nearly 15%

  • At occupational level, health and stem occupations have the largest skill shortages*, particularly for nurses, engineers and software developers

  • 14% of employers in the region have skill gaps**, wholesale and retail businesses have the most number of skill gaps but the hotel and catering, and the finance sectors have the most employees with skill gaps
*needs the recruitment of more people into the sector; ** current workforce needs further training 
Sources: Leeds City Region Business Survey, October 2019 and Leeds City Region Labour Market Analysis 2019

up arrow The region's  sectors experiencing the biggest increase in jobs between 2012 and 2018 were:

  • admin and support services 35,000 more
  • accommodation and food services around 24,000 more
  • professional, scientific and technical 21,000 more
  • transport and storage 18,000 more
  • wholesale and retail 16,000 more
  • manufacturing 11,000 more
  • human health and social work 10,000 more
  • information and communication (ICT) 9,000 more

  • caring occupations 27,000 more
Source: Business Register and Employment Survey shown in  Leeds City Region Labour Market Analysis 2019

Page updated December 2019

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