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The top 10 industries for a job this year – where should graduates look?

Published: Saturday, 14 January 2017   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The design, leisure, catering and tourism industries are set to be among the top sectors when it comes to finding employment this year – meaning there are likely to be many opportunities for ambitious gradates.

According to analysis from CV-Library of the key sectors from 2016, the most popular trends are likely to continue.

The number of jobs in the design sector increased by 43%, whilst leisure and tourism saw a 33% increase in the amount of vacancies – the same figure as catering sector.

There was also consistent level of increase for legal (32%), agriculture (32%), automotive (28%), social care (27%), manufacturing (26%) and the marketing and education sectors – who both saw a 25% increase respectively.

With the jobs market performing so well in these sectors, it means there are more opportunities available for those looking to start-of or enhance their careers – especially those looking right now.

High standard of competition

Despite the increase in available jobs, competition was also found to be just as fierce, with applications rising by 31% in leisure and tourism, 24% in design and 13% in catering.

There was also a substantial increase in the amount of applications for the agriculture sector (41%), highlighting the rise in popularity for the industry.

Other key sectors that saw a substantial increase in applications last year include manufacturing (30%) and automotive (23%).

The majority of the figures are expected to rise too, as candidates look to embark on a fresh start get on with their careers as 2017 gets underway.

Most of the sectors are among the UK’s core industries and more available roles, both for new graduates and for those with experience, reflects wider positivity in the UK economy.

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