JOB SEARCH / JUN. 08, 2014
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How Britain’s Workforce Will Transform by 2022

The UK job market will present a more complex picture in terms of the skills graduates need to have to thrive in the economy and the types of jobs that will be in demand.

According to a report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), occupations of the future lie in the health social-care sector. The three fastest-growing occupations will be in health and care and will range from high-skilled health professionals such as doctors and surgeons to healthcare assistants and social workers as well as lower-skilled careers. As Britain’s population ages and human life-expectancy extends, an army of 2.75 million extra healthcare workers will be required to meet the demand.

The Demand in Numbers

The report which projects the changes to the British job market over the next decade and the skill sets that will be required to meet it, highlighted that by 2022 an estimated 1.6 new jobs will be required to meet the needs of the in the caring and personal service sector. The demand for jobs encompasses everything from care workers to dental nurses; 240,000 more “associate” health and social-care jobs, such as social workers probation officers; and more than 900,000 more “medical professionals” like doctors, pharmacists and psychologists.

  Top 10 in-demand Jobs in 2022

Below are the fastest and most in-demand jobs for 2022 in the UK:



Estimated Number of Jobs


Caring and personal service



Health and social care



Health professionals



Business, media and public service



Corporate managers and directors



Culture, media and sports



Leisure, travel and personal service



Other managers and proprietors (e.g. property/estate/housing managers)



Customer service



Business and public service associate professionals (e.g. air traffic controllers)

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Most Jobs will be Created at ‘the Bottom of the Jobs Market’

The IPPR has also found that a significant number of jobs will be created in the bottom half of the occupational ladder. It is projected that 5.7 million jobs will be created towards the bottom of the occupational ladder, and over half of workers in these occupations now are only qualified to level 2 or below

Interestingly, a large portion of jobs requiring vocational education and qualifications are expected to be created. For instance, 3.6 additional jobs in medium-skilled occupations are expected to open up by 2022, including skilled trades and public service professionals.

In addition to this, the figures suggest a considerable demand for individuals who complete an apprenticeship. There are projected to be 763,000 jobs created in occupations such as skilled construction trades and skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades.

Manual Jobs Will Disappear

Other labour market projections, such as one from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills back in 2011/12 point to a growth in ‘white collar occupations’, such as managers and other associate professional roles. In contrast with the IPPR’s findings, the Commission predicts a significant fall in skilled and semi-skilled manual and trade occupations.  

As there will be a strong demand for vocational education, which will provide a useful pathway into work for many people; A-levels followed by a degree will not be a ‘golden route’ in the future. Employers must continue to invest and promote high-quality vocational routes. On the other hand, young people should make sure that the courses and qualifications they take better match the needs of employers.



In the Future, Most People Won’t Need a Degree to get a job – Mirror

Britain's Workforce in 2022: From a Nation of Pen-pushers to an Army of Carers

Winning the Global Race? Jobs, Skills and the Importance of Vocational Education – IPPR



Image Source: The Telegraph


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