Local job types and career ideas

The Future of work

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  • We are now in the 4th industrial revolution and the UK’s Industrial Strategy; Building a Britain fit for the future was released 27 November 2017. The skills needed in 2015 will have changed by 2020.
    Source: World Economic Forum
  • Demand for jobs over the last 12 months continue to come from Plymouth’s largest sectors: Health (21%); Engineering, construction and manufacturing (16%); Education (13%).
    Source: Plymouth City Council Skills Analysis 2017
  • Of those that specified a demand for specific subject knowledge in Plymouth vacancies, the subject areas in highest demand (66%) are STEM related, requiring engineering, IT, Science and Mathematics specialisations.
    Source: Plymouth City Council Skills Analysis 2017
  • The top industry vacancies in Plymouth are in STEM (54%), education (15%) and wholesale and retail trade (including car and vehicle maintenance) (8%). Source: Plymouth City Council Skills Analysis 2017
  • The increase in employment since 2010 has mostly come from an increase in lower-skilled jobs; employment in higher managerial occupations has contracted; however, employment in professional & technical occupations has risen significantly.
    Source: Plymouth City Council Skills Analysis 2017
  • In Plymouth, manufacturing contributes £849 million Gross Value Added to the local economy. That is the equivalent of 16% of the total, which, as with employment, is considerably higher than the equivalent figure for the UK as a whole which is around 10%.
    Source: Plymouth Manufacturing Group
  • 1 in 8 people in Plymouth are employed in manufacturing. That represents the highest concentration of manufacturing employment of any City in the south of England.
    Source: Centre for Cities, Outlook 2016
  • The impact of the Naval Base & Dockyard supports over 10% of Plymouth’s total employment and generates around 14% of Plymouth’s income. Devonport provides high quality employment opportunities, many in Engineering and Technology, whether directly or through the flow of subcontracts into local small and medium businesses.
    Source: Plymouth City Council 2016
  • Approximately two thirds (38% nationally) of 16 year olds remain in school in Plymouth, while around 25% (51% nationally) transfer to FE colleges and around 11% (6% nationally) start an apprenticeship.
    Source: DfE 2017

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From 2020 T levels will have been introduced through the DfE’s Post-16 Skills Plan and Industrial Strategy.

The world of work is very exciting in Plymouth. Lots of industries have lots of opportunities. Learn about different job types and career ideas in Plymouth and the region.