Aug 10

7 professions desperate for workers

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Employment levels are slowly but surely coming back to the pre-recession levels, but if you’re stuck in a job that doesn’t make you want to get out of bed, check out moneymagpie’s list of professions that are simply crying out for workers.

Don’t forget to submit your CV…..



1. Social worker

professionsWith the children and family service particularly facing a shortage, this is one profession that has taken a battering in recent years, with case after case of social workers’ ineptitude dominating the news.

Perhaps it is this enhanced scrutiny and scathing which has put people off the profession.

Yet this should not detract from what is a hugely challenging and ultimately rewarding profession.

The ability to reunite a family, the power to change someone’s life for the better and the chance to put a smile on a child’s face are things that should not be taken for granted.


2. Nurse

professionsA problem not exclusive to just the UK, a shortage of nurses is being keenly felt in hospitals nationwide.

The worrying thing about a shortage of nurses is that there exists scary repercussions on patient care.

Immigration has usually been seen as being the nursing profession’s saving grace, however with tighter laws on immigration set to be brought in, one only wonders what this will mean for nursing.



professionsA surprising inclusion on this list, you would have thought that animation would have a surplus, not a shortage.

Interestingly, this is not the case.

The UK is currently suffering from a shortage of qualified individuals to step into the world of 2D and 3D animation.

It is hoped that this skills shortage is addressed sooner rather than later, or the UK animation industry could find itself sleepwalking into terminal decline.


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4. Plumbers

professionsWe’ve all needed a plumber at some point in our lives. However, the way things are going, your friendly, reliable plumber could be a thing of the past.

Just one of the many trades that are suffering a severe shortage, plumbing arguably suffers from a degree of snobbery, despite the attractive wages on offer.

Apprenticeships, the most common route to plumbing, are commonly not pushed enough in schools, although things are slowly changing as a result of the rising cost of going to university.


5. Engineers

professionsOnce upon a time, the UK was a world leader in engineering, boasting talent and innovation that was the envy of other countries throughout the world.

Today, engineering is just one of the many professions suffering from an acute skills shortage, despite the attractive wages on offer.

Engineering is unique in the sense that it’s extremely important to the UK economy.

Therefore a failure to plug the critical skills gap in the engineering sector could have dire consequences for the UK economy.


6. Builders

professionsWith the housing crisis in full flow, the UK needs more houses than ever. However, with a shortage of builders, who will build all these houses?

From bricklayers to electricians, the UK is simply crying out for those whose skills would be essential in building a house.

Yet involvement in the construction industry is suffering from something of an image problem amongst those tasked with educating our young children.

Let’s hope perceptions change fast – or the UK housing crisis could escalate before our very eyes.


7. Data scientist

professionsA relatively new career path, the clamour for data scientists has arisen as a result of the phenomenon known as ‘big data’.

The key role that data scientists play in analysing data is one increasingly being harnessed by business.

Despite the demand for data scientists, it appears that supply has failed to match demand so far.

However, bearing in mind that being a data scientist is a relatively new career, it is hoped that in years to come demand will eventually match supply.


If this has got you ready to start looking for a new job, you should also read our article highlighting 10 surprisingly well paid jobs – some of them are shockers!


If you think that there’s a job we should have included on the list then let us know by leaving a comment below.


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