5 types of job in Leeds where people are needed most

Written: 28 September 2021

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Have you been watching the news recently? You may have seen a worker shortage for certain types of jobs. Below we take a look at a number of jobs from different sectors that are calling out for new recruits - could you be their newest member of staff?


1. Lorry and HGV drivers

Probably the most talked about on the list: at present there is a national shortage of HGV drivers, coined the ‘lorry crisis’. A lack of people taking up HGV roles is having an impact on goods supplied across the country, especially fuel. Currently the UK isn’t facing a shortage of fuel, but the supply issues are caused by not having enough qualified HGV drivers getting the fuel to station forecourts.

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2. Bus Drivers

It’s not only suppliers and HGV companies feeling the strain - bus companies are also facing a shortage of drivers. Here in Leeds, First Bus have announced that they are introducing temporary changes to some of their most popular routes in order to reduce pressure on some of their services because of a shortfall in drivers.

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3. Nursing, Healthcare and Adult Social Care

Healthcare across the UK (and globally) has been severely impacted by the pandemic. A Health Foundation report found that the government will need to exceed its target of 50,000 new nurses by 2024/5 if the NHS is to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic. A recent report found at least 25% of NHS vacancies were for mental health practitioners (June 2020).

There are similarities across social care as well: in 2019/20 there were 21,000 unfilled vacancies in Adult Social Care in Leeds, with an average of 800 vacancies on any given day. It is estimated that if the Adult Social Care workforce continues to grow proportionally to the number of people aged 65 and over then the number of jobs within the Yorkshire and Humber region will increase by 29% between 2020 and 2035 - creating 47,000 more jobs in the region (We Care Academy, 2020).

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4. Hospitality

One of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic was the bar, cafe and restaurant sector. After having to close during lockdowns, hospitality businesses are struggling to recruit. There are many opportunities in the sector across the city – in hotels, bars, cafes and event venues with a range of contracts – permanent, temporary, flexible, part time, Christmas vacancies etc.

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5. Manufacturing and Construction

When you look at Leeds’s skyline it seems a daily occurrence that a new crane has cropped up ready to build another impressive skyrise. Yet Leeds’s construction industry is struggling to recruit to its high-demand sector. It’s similar within manufacturing too: there is a skill shortage across both sectors with a need to supply Leeds with additional recruits in carpentry, joinery, labouring, roofing, plumbing, electrics, engineering, surveying, machine operations and machine sewing.

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All vacancy numbers correct at time of publishing (30/9/2021).