The Yorkshire and the Humber LMI Bulletin (Issue 26)

National News

Working Futures 2017-2027

This is the latest version of the Working Futures series which provides an insight into the employment prospects for the UK, its countries and regions. What the authors say about their work is...

The future cannot be predicted with precision or certainty. However, all the participants in the labour market make plans for the future. The rationale behind Working Futures is that a comprehensive, systematic, consistent and transparent set of projections can help to inform everyone about the world they are likely to face.  The Working Futures projections are grounded in a forecast of the future macroeconomic and labour market context. This is especially difficult at the present time with all the uncertainties associated with Brexit. The forecast is therefore subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Most notable among them is the impact of Brexit on barriers to trade and the movement of people.

There is a lot in this work and the regional data is still to come. Some of the headlines are:

  • the main growth (as it has been for some time) in employment is expected to be in the private sector around business services
  • self-employment will fall back as people move back into being employees as the economy (and employment) improves following the 2008 fiscal crisis
  • most of the newly created jobs will be in part-time roles with male part-time roles particularly increasing
  • there are expected to be net increases in the professional, associate professional and caring, leisure and service roles - and decreases in administrative & secretarial occupations; skilled trade occupations; and process, plant & machine operatives. 

There is a lot more to know more about the specific sectoral and occupational changes and we will look at these in the coming weeks. (, 06/02/2020)

2020 Emerging Jobs Report

LinkedIn has created ‘2020 Emerging Jobs Report UK’.  The analysis is based on all LinkedIn members with a public profile that have held a full-time position within the UK during the past five years.  The report, unsurprisingly, depicts that the current trend is dominated by Technology based businesses.  Other sectors, however, such as Human Resources, Marketing, Aviation and Aerospace, Higher Education and Research appear in the top ten.  Artificial Intelligence Specialists, Data Protection Officers and Robotics Engineers are the top three emerging jobs within the UK and the full list is shown below.  In order to download the full report you will need to be registered on LinkedIn. (, accessed Feb 2020)

New Go Construct service for local work experience on construction sites

CITB is developing a new online service featuring work experience opportunities on local construction sites, part of a drive to link candidates with employers.  The new service will feature on CITB’s one-stop shop careers site Go Construct. Go Construct directs aspiring apprentices to find apprenticeships on the Governments’ websites, but not all vacancies are posted there, with some employers using informal recruitment techniques such as word of mouth.  The website is one part of a framework of initiatives to attract new recruits and apprentices to the industry, through schemes such as the Construction Skills Fund; to support employers to take them on, including SMEs, with increased grant funding; and to help learners gain the vital work experience they need to enter employment in industry. (, 27/02/2020)

£1.5 billion funding boost needed to reverse record low number of adult learners

Councils have warned that thousands of disadvantaged adults are being held back from vital support to help them get on in life.  Funding for adult learning has fallen by almost half over the last decade according to the Local Government Association (LGA).  There is a concern that a drop of 3.8 million adult learners (since 2010) has coincided with reductions in adult education funding.  This has left just 33 per cent of adults on courses or in training – a record low since figures began in 1996.  Despite needing it the most, adults with the lowest qualifications are the least likely to access adult training.  The LGA is urging the Government to at least double the Adult Education Budget – some of which funds local authority adult and community eduction provision - from £1.5 billion to £3 billion. (, 28/02/2020)


Adzuna is a free LMI source which is worth looking at. Using the data on vacancies - it has 897,143 at the moment - it provides salary LMI and summary of the top employers who are hiring. Easy for customers/clients/students to look at.  If anyone has any other free LMI along these lines do let me know – (, 29/02/2020)

Biggest earners and biggest losers from degrees

The BBC reported that higher pay still makes it financially beneficial to go to university for most students in England.  This comes from research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  However, the study claimed that 20% are worse off after paying for courses and, over their working lives, male graduates on average gain by £130,000 and female graduates by £100,000.

The study on projected earnings, based on tax data, shows wide variations in the financial winners and losers between different subjects.

  • For women, the financial gains of studying creative arts and languages are "close to zero"
  • Medicine will bring an extra £340,000 for women, economics £270,000 and £260,000 for law
  • Men studying creative arts subjects are projected to lose £100,000, compared to their counterparts who did not go to university
  • For men in the top-earning subject areas of medicine and economics, the likely gain is £500,000
  • For both men and women there are low financial returns for graduates in English and biology
  • Individual universities are not identified, but more selective universities tend to lead to bigger earnings

These gains and losses are counted after the cost of going to university has been deducted.  This includes £9,250 per year in tuition fees, loans for living costs, interest charged on loans and lost potential earnings from studying rather than being in jobs.  The average student graduates with about £50,000 in debt.  (, 29/02/2020)

National Careers Week

National Careers Week is 2nd-7th March.  Click the heading to go to the website.  For those of you who use social media, the National Careers Week Guide contains a social media guide which includes guidance regarding which hashtags to use.  


Regional jobs, employment and training news

Yorkshire and the Humber

Yorkshire TV and film industry is 'now recognised around the world'

Yorkshire has become globally recognised as a hub for TV and film production, the head of BBC North has said.  Rozina Breen said the region was "well and truly on the map" for silver and small screen producers following the success of programmes like Calderdale-filmed dramas Last Tango in Halifax and Gentleman Jack. Meanwhile the county's tourism chief has credited the industry for a ’rapid' increase in visitor numbers to the county and the head of Yorkshire's TV and film body has predicted more growth for 2020.  Channel 4 has also moved some of its staff to offices in Leeds, adding to the 500 BBC employees already working in Yorkshire.  Screen Yorkshire this week announced that 27 high-end TV productions and 14 feature films were filmed in the region in 2019, creating more than 1,500 days of work for local crews. (, 08/02/2020)

Future Goals courses  

Leeds LEP continues to advertise free courses running this year aimed at people thinking about changing career but unsure where to start.  They are designed to help people gain new skills and experience.  People are eligible to apply if they are over the age of 18, employed and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York districts.Find out more here. (TheLEP@LeedsCityRegion, Twitter, 27/02/2020)


Property developer to create 600 jobs in Hull

A Hull property developer has secured planning permission for a project which could create up to 600 jobs.  Allenby Commercial, which developed the Victorian Paragon Arcade in Hull city centre, is aiming to start work on its new project, the restoration of Europa House, within the coming months.  Europa House, on the corner of Anlaby Road and Ferensway, will be updated and transformed into flexible office space, known as Monocle. (, 03/02/2020)

£4,000,000 Broadhelm Business Park development to create 50 new jobs

A new phase of the 22-acre Broadhelm Business Park is set to get underway following planning approval by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  The £4,000,000 plan will see the creation of 24,300 sq ft of light industrial warehouse and trade counter space.  Work is set to begin this summer and will create up to 50 new jobs for the local area, across construction and local supply chain, as well as new positions with occupiers.  The business park adjoins the arterial A1079 on the edge of Pocklington. (,05/02/2020)

More than 200 jobs lost at East Yorkshire stonemasons

More than 200 people have lost their jobs at a J Rotherham Masonry based in East Yorkshire.  Administrator KPMG said 205 workers had been made redundant at the company's head office in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor and at its manufacturing site in Market Weighton.  Twenty-five staff have been retained to help the administrators as they seek a buyer for the business. (, 05/02/2020)

Jobs available now across Northern Lincolnshire

Grimsby Telegraph has collated a number of roles currently available to apply for across North and North East Lincolnshire.  There are vacancies with high street stores and restaurant chains from apprenticeships to managerial positions.  Click the heading for further details. (, 28/02/2020)

Working in Education Events – Beverley and Bridlington

Date, time and venue:
Saturday 14 March, 9.30am - 12pm, Beverley campus
Saturday 21 March, 9.30am - 12pm, Bridlington campus

People attending can talk to staff about the best route for them.  They can find out about the college’s teacher training and working in education courses, including:

  • Access to HE (Teacher Training route)
  • CPD/Professional Development opportunities
  • Certificate in Education 
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Masters degree in Education
  • Apprenticeships in teaching

(, site accessed 28/02/2020)

West Yorkshire

Plans for Leeds hotel approved - and it could create a thousand jobs

Plans for a new hotel in the centre of Leeds have been approved.  It is reported that the Victoria Hotel will contain 205 bedrooms, will be 14 storeys and could create more than a thousand jobs in the area. It has been planned by property development company Hammerson, which also planned the Victoria Gate shopping centre. (, 31/01/2020)

Another new Aldi store opening in Bradford

A new Aldi store in Bradford is to open its doors in spring.  The new Bolton Woods supermarket has been completed and handed over to the company so it can be fitted out.  It will create 30 new jobs and its opening will achieve a major goal in the ambitious plan to create a £150m urban village in Bolton Woods, between Bradford and Shipley.  Aldi jobs are advertised here. (, 10/02/2020)

Wakefield’s jobs and careers event – 04/03/2020

When and where?
4th March 2020, 1pm-4pm at Kellingley Social Club, Knottingley

Wakefield Council’s ‘Step-Up’ employment and skills initiative is expanding and is holding its first Jobs and Careers event.  Customers can find out about careers, training and learning skills and meet local employers.  Eighteen companies, including Haribo, Arriva and WDH are attending and recruiting.  There will also be advice on starting and running a business, and chance to meet advisers for the DWP and Citizens Advice. (, 25/02/2020)

Calderdale College launches new creative courses to meet industry’s skills needs

Calderdale College is launching new creative and digital qualifications to meet the skills needs of creative industries.  To cater for rapid growth in the industry, new vocational courses will be added to the college’s curriculum, with a focus on creative and digital from September 2020.

To find out more about Calderdale College’s creative and digital courses, a final open evening of this academic year will take place on Tuesday, 10th March, 4:30pm to 7:30pm.  For more information, visit (, 27/02/2020)

New warehouse at Bradford food manufacturer spices things up in local job market

World foods manufacturer Regal Foods is set to open a new warehouse as part of its wider business expansion this summer, creating 20 new jobs.  Once completed, the new warehouse will provide additional storage space for raw materials, packaging and finished goods.  Customers can upload their CV here. (, 28/02/2020)

South Yorkshire

Hermes to create colossal Yorkshire distribution hub with 1,300 jobs

Hermes is building a brand-new £60m distribution centre that will be the biggest in Europe.  It is to be constructed in Hoyland, near J36 of the M1.  The parcel delivery company says it will create 1,300 jobs at the 363,000 sq ft facility, named Colossus.  It is due for completion in 2022. (, 03/02/2020)

NatWest creates 50 new business banking jobs at South Yorkshire base

Retail bank NatWest is set to create 50 new roles at its centre in South Yorkshire.  The bank is creating new full-time customer service positions in its business banking department at Adwick Park in Manvers near Rotherham.  The recruitment drive, which includes five apprentice roles, is part of the firm’s strategy to bolster its multi-channel offering, with customer service offered online and over the telephone.  Jobs are advertised here. (, 20/02/2020)

New South Yorkshire theme park to create 150 jobs

A new theme park under development in Yorkshire is set to create more than 100 jobs in its first phase.  Gulliver’s Valley, set to open this spring in Rother Valley, has announced that it will create approximately 120-150 jobs working on rides, catering, retail and a range of other areas.  The park will be part of Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts.  No jobs are currently advertised but look out for upcoming roles here. (, 24/02/2020)

Heritage skills weekend offers careers advice with a traditional twist

Members of the public are being offered the rare chance to try their hand at some of the region’s oldest and rarest traditional crafts next month.  The free, two-day ‘Heritage Skills’ event organised by the WEA in conjunction with Sheffield Lakeland Partnership, is to be held at Woodland Gallery, Storrs Wood, Storrs Lane, Stannington, Sheffield S6 6GY on the weekend of March 28th and 29th from 10am until 3pm each day. The event is to encourage more people to take up traditional crafts and learn new skills as a result.  The special taster weekend offers demonstrations in:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Environmental art/crafts
  • Lime mortar
  • Willow crafts
  • Making wooden bowls and spoons
  • Stained glass
  • Stone masonry and stone walling
  • Hedgelaying
  • Stake making/wood splitting  (, 25/02/2020)

Haulage firm to create jobs with new South Yorkshire hub

A European haulage business has agreed a deal to open a new UK distribution hub in South Yorkshire.  The haulage and logistics company McGregor Logistics will take a three year lease at St Modwen Park, Doncaster, for one of its distribution hubs in the UK, and is set to create about 30 jobs.  Utility firm National Grid has also recently renewed its lease on the site, committing to a further five years. The 27-acre industrial and logistics scheme, which has been expanded to include additional units, is also home to Bosch, DB Schenker and Thornhill Engineering. (, 26/02/2020)

York and North Yorkshire

Whitby castle to be transformed into ‘luxury’ hotel

Sneaton Castle, a historic landmark on the outskirts of Whitby, has been acquired by Cross Butts restaurant and hotel owner John Morley, who has plans to transform the site into a new ‘luxury’ hotel and wedding venue.  No jobs are currently being advertised but look out for jobs being advertised in the future. (, 12/02/2020)

Selby College invests in new manufacturing facility

Selby College plans to buy and install a state-of-the-art automated manufacturing facility and associated equipment within its engineering department.  The college says its investment in a fully operational manufacturing system will enhance local employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the region’s employers.  The engineering department will be able to enhance the range of manufacturing and automation focused qualifications currently on offer, from its level 3 right up to level 4 and 5 higher national certificates and diplomas and higher apprenticeships at the Abbot’s Road campus, including fully operational computer programming and virtual reality components.  (, 17/02/2020)

More than 200 jobs to be lost as Drax ditches coal

It is reported that Drax Power Station, a major power station in North Yorkshire, is cutting hundreds of jobs as it makes the switch to clean energy.  Up to 230 workers could be out of a job as the energy producer makes a bid to go coal-free by next year. 

More than 450 workers at the power station in Selby are Unite members.  Shane Sweeting, Unite's regional officer, says: "Drax is a major employer in the area and today’s announcement will have a negative impact on the local economy, with numerous other job losses anticipated across the supply chain. (, 27/02/2020)

Craven College Apprenticeship Fair

Date, time and venue:
Thurs, 5th March 2020, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Craven District Council Offices, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Rd, Skipton, BD23 1FJ

A chance to speak to employers who are recruiting now.  Advice and guidance is available from Apprenticeship Advisers.  Everyone welcome including job seekers.  For further information contact the Apprenticeship Team:
Call 01756 693 686 or email (, site accessed 28/02/2020)

Scarborough Careers Fair

Date, time and venue:
Wed, 1st April 2020, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Royal Hotel Scarborough, Saint Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE

No pre-registration is required.  (, site accessed 28/02/2020)



Bulletin date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 21:00