Demand will rise for service jobs in the future, claim
ACCOUNTANTS, research and development staff (R&D) and carers will be among the top jobs in demand over the next few years, according to a report by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).
Skills Insight from the agency’s economic experts outlines the main characteristics of the labour market in the East of England and how these differ from other regions and the UK.
It also describes the key issues, including evidence of market failure, and considers how the labour market and the demand for skills might change in the future.
The report shows that the business services sector will account for more than half the net employment growth across the region between 2010 and 2015.
Business services includes professional services such as lawyers, as well as property-related services, R&D, recruitment agencies, cleaning companies, call centres, marketing and travel agencies.
The second biggest sectors of the economy expected to grow are the retail industry and hotels and restaurants businesses.
The report shows that the structure of the labour market will move away from manufacturing, manual and lower skilled jobs in the future.
With an increased need for more highlyskilled people, training is a big issue, especially for young people and those with little training.
The report is available to download on the Insight East website www. insighteast.org.uk