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General projections

Despite the current downturn in the economy, employment is projected to contine to rise over the next ten years - resulting in almost 2 million extra jobs by 2017.

There are currently increases in the number of people who are unemployed and claiming benefits, however this is expected to stabilise as the economy comes out of recession.

The types of occupational groups that are are likely to grow more in employment in general are occupational groups such as:

  • Managers and senior officials - expected to rise by 1.7 per cent per annum to 2017
  • Professional occupations - expected to rise by 1.5 per cent per annum to 2017
  • Associate professional and technical occupations - expected to rise by 1.4 per cent per annum to 2017
  • Personal service occupations - and in particular caring personal service occupations - are also projected to rise by 1.7 per cent per annum

The types of occupational groups that are are likely to decline more in employment in general are occupations such as:

  • Administrative, clerical & secretarial occupations - expected to decline by 1.1 per cent per annum - although this category will still employ over 3 million peope in 2017
  • Skilled trades occupations - expected to decline by 0.7 per cent per annum
  • Machine and transport operatives - expected to decline by 0.5per cent per annum

Don't forget though - even in occupational areas that are predicted to decline there will always be a need to replace workers who leave due to retirement, career moves, or related reasons. For all occupations put together, replacement demand, expected from retirement alone, will mean about 13 and a half million job openings in the economy as a whole.

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These headlines are based on the working futures report 2007 -2017 published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in December 2008

 
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Working Futures 2010-2020 executive summary
Working Futures - shortened executive summary