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The UK industries creating the most and least jobs

Abigail Fenton
·Writer
The UK's real estate  Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images
Job vacancies in the UK's real estate industry are up 234% since 1978. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Employment in the UK is currently at a record high, with over 32.7 million people in work across the country.

But which industries are creating the most jobs?

Research by RS Components has revealed which industries are growing, stagnating, and declining in the UK’s job market.

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Industries where job vacancies have increased

The real estate industry is thriving more than any other UK sector, with jobs up 234% between 1978 and 2018. More than 500,000 real estate jobs were available in the last year, data shows.

But science and technology roles aren’t far behind. Job vacancies in the field are up 208% in 40 years. This shift marks the transition from the “manufacturing Britain of old” to the “technology-focused one of the future,” RS Components said.

Administrative roles are up 181%, while health and social care vacancies are up 127%.

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Arts and entertainment job vacancies are up 111%. The nation’s creative industries are flourishing, having last year surpassed a worth of £100bn.

Industries where job vacancies have decreased

Other industries are not doing so well.

Vacancies in mining and quarrying have fallen a whopping 84% in four decades — more than any other UK industry — likely reflecting the decline of coal as new energy sources become more common.

Manufacturing job vacancies are also down 59%. Recent research by the GMB trade union shows there are now less than three million people employed in this sector in the UK.

Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning job vacancies came in third, with vacancies decreasing by 41%.

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Public admin and defence job vacancies have fallen 26%, while jobs in agriculture, forestry, and fishing are down a quarter.