Opportunity North Wales – A Regional Skills Overview

Source: NWEAB

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There’s a lot going on in North Wales

From Holyhead in the far North West to Wrexham in the East, North Wales covers the six unitary authorities of Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, the Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham.  North Wales is home to 700,000 people, nearly a third of whom speak Welsh.

The region has a very diverse economy with particular differences between east and west. North Wales is home to Wales’ most famous mountain range and highest mountain, Snowdon. With some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales' it’s not surprising that Tourism is one of the most important industries across the region. In the west of the region, North Wales’ Energy industry will remain strong with the long term development of the new Nuclear plant, Wylfa on Anglesey. Whilst in the east, Flintshire has thriving Aerospace Manufacturing and Life Science industries.


Orthios
Biomass

will create 1,200
construction jobs and
500 permanent
jobs by 2018
(Orthios Eco Park, 2016)
New Wylfa
will create 8,500 construction jobs
and 1,000
permanent jobs.
(NWEAB, 2016)
By 2017,
HMP Berwyn,
the new prison in Wales, will create 1,000 jobs.
(Wrexham County
Council, 2016)
Airbus,
Aerospace
Manufacturing, employs
6,000 people
in Flintshire.

3,000
tourism jobs
could be created
in the next
5-10 years
(NWEAB, 2016)
5,000
people will be needed
to work in Manufacturing
in North Wales
2022
(NWEAB, 2016)
 Nearly700,000 people live in North Wales, which represents22% of the total Welsh population 

23% of all Welsh jobs are in North Wales  (NWEAB, 2016)


Largest industries in North Wales

Numbers of people employed (rounded figures)

 

Retail and Sales
48,000

 

Health and Social Care
46,000

 

Manufacturing
37,000

 

Education
31,000

 

Construction
26,000

 

Hospitality and Food
22,000

 

Police, Fire and Council services
21,000

 

Finance, Insurance and Administration
20,000

 

Professional and Scientific*
16,000

 

Creative Arts, Entertainment, Sports and other services
14,000

 

Transport and Storage
13,000

 

Energy and Water supply
7,000

 

Agriculture
6,300

 

IT
6,000

 

* (Law, Accountancy, Architecture, Property Management and Technical)

Source: NWEAB, 2016

Where are most of the
jobs in North Wales?

Nearly 1in 3 jobs are either in Retail and Sales or Health and Social Care, making these the two largest employers in North Wales.


 

Growing industries in North Wales

The industries that are growing in the region and are particularly important to bring more jobs and more wealth to the economy are:

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

How about doing work that produces energy for Wales? Or maybe, think about getting involved in work to protect our environment?

Over 33,000 work in this industry in North Wales, with job hotspots in the north west of the region. (NWEAB, 2016)

You could consider jobs like: Mechanical Engineer, Recycling Operative, Biologist, Turbine Technician, Cavity Wall Installer and Evironmentalist.

ADVANCED MATERIALS
AND MANUFACTURING

Can you see yourself designing or building aeroplanes, or working on high-tech products for all sorts of uses.

27,000 work in this industry, with job hotspots in the east of the region. (NWEAB, 2016)

You could consider jobs like: Aerospace Engineer, Laboratory Technician, Scientist, Design Engineer and Welder.


CONSTRUCTION

Work in the Construction industry and you could be building new homes and new schools, or even be involved in the construction of some of the major new developments planned for North Wales.

New development across the region will always need construction workers. Over 25,000 work in this industry.

Future demand will be for: Bricklayers, Civil Engineers, Surveyors and Wood Trades. (NWEAB, 2016)

TOURISM

North Wales attracts a third of all visitors to Wales and brings £1.8bn into the region’s economy.

Over 37,000 work in this industry, with jobs across the region. (NWEAB, 2016)

North Wales will need: Outdoor Pursuits Instructors, Chefs, Leisure Attendants, Kitchen Assistants and Hotel Managers.


CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

The Creative industries such as media, art and design are particularly strong in North Wales and are expected to grow in the next five years in pockets across the region. (NWEAB, 2016)

Over 12,000 work in this industry, with jobs across the region. (NWEAB, 2016)

In this fast moving and competitive industry, you could find yourself working on a TV or film set, developing apps, curating in a museum, designing the latest fashions, performing on stage, or maybe creating your own works of art.

You could consider jobs like: Marketing Professional, Graphic Designer, Programmers and Software Developer, Broadcast Engineer, and Journalist.

FOOD AND FARMING

Farming and food production is vital to the North Wales economy.

Nearly 16,000 work in this industry, with job hotspots in Flintshire, Wrexham and Gwynedd. (Welsh Government, 2015)

It’s not just about green fields, early mornings or production lines. You could be designing aerial drones to calculate fertilizer needs, developing a new food product, managing a dairy herd or engineering new robotic equipment to feed them.

You could consider jobs like: Agricultural Engineer, Farmer, Agricultural Research Scientist, Ecologist, Biotechnologist, Food Tecnician, and Packer.


HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Over 46,000 people are emloyed in Health and Social care in North Wales making it the second largest employer.

12,000 work providing social care across the region, and 500 new jobs will be needed in the Care sector each year for the next 20 years. (NWEAB, 2015)

You could consider jobs like: Care Assistant, Social Worker, Home Care Assistant, Community Worker, Family Support Worker, Rehabilitation Worker.

RETAIL AND SALES

Retail and Sales is the biggest employer in North Wales, employing 48,000 people. (NWEAB, 2016)

You could consider jobs like: Sales Assistant, Retail Manager, Buyer, Sales Person,Telephone Sales Person, Vehicle Sales Executive, Advertising Media Sales Person.



New developments; new jobs in North Wales

Growing industries and new developments across the region will mean new jobs and more demand for existing jobs like:


 

Meet the employers

These are some of the employers in North Wales:


Colwyn Bay Watersports,  
Conwy. 


Zip World, adventure experience, Gwynedd.


Siemens Healthcare
Diagnostics,   

Gwynedd.


Surf Snowdonia, adventure park, Conwy. 


D & C Jones Co Ltd,
civil engineering services, Gwynedd.

RWW Innogy Gwynt Y Mor Offshore Windfarm,
Conwy/Denbighshire.


Wockhardt UK, pharmaceutical company, Wrexham.


Convatec Ltd, medical products and technology company, Flintshire. 


Toyota Motor Manufacturing  
Flintshire.


Airbus Aerospace Manufacturing, 
Flintshire.


17%
of life science jobs in Wales are in Wrexham.These include working in pharmaceutical companies

(Welsh Government,2015)

66%
of employers
employ no more
than 4 people.
(NWEAB, 2015)


What can I earn?

Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.

What could I get
paid in North Wales?

AVERAGE PAY VARIES ACROSS NORTH WALES

Average Annual full time salary


Denbighshire
£22,134


Isle of Angelsey
£23,076


Gwynedd
£23,700


Wrexham
£25,491


Flintshire
£25,612


Conwy
£26,160


Wales £24,491

 

NWEAB, 2013

Remember this is average pay; different jobs will have different pay ranges.

AVERAGE PAY FOR QUALIFIED JOBS

Doctor£66,000


Manager in Universities and Colleges£51,000


Dentist£45,000


Aerospace Engineer£42,000


Computer Programmer£37,000


Marine Biologist£36,000


Turbine Technician£35,000


Primary School Teacher£33,000


Nurse£28,000


Chef£25,000


Retail Manager£24,000


Bricklayer£20,000


Farm Worker£17,000


Carer£15,000


Sales Assistant£14,000

 

 ASHE, 2015: Wales



Learning and training in North Wales

North Wales is a great place to learn and train. There are many options to continue learning and training that will suit your style of learning and your skills and interests.

Further Education

 

27,000 approximate number of learners


 

27,000 approximate number of learners


Source: NWEAB, 2015


Training and Work-based learning

There are various ways you can train on the job and even get paid while you learn:

How can I learn while I earn?

6 month paid job opportunity


Level 1


Level 2 to Level 3


Level 4 to Foundation and Honours Degrees

How can I learn
while I earn?


TOP 5 JOBS GROWTH WALES JOBS
IN NORTH WALES

Job Area
% of all Jobs Growth Wales Jobs


Administration and Office Work 20%

 

Catering and Hospitality 15%

 

Retail and Sales10%

 

Marketing and Advertising9%

 

Building and Construction8%

 

Source: Careers Wales, 2014
 

TOP APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES


Job Area
% of all Apprenticeship Vacancies


Administration, Business and Office Work21%

 

Engineering15%

 

Healthcare11%

 

Catering and Hospitality10%

 

Retail, Sales and Customer Service10%

 

Building and Construction6%

 

Hair and Beauty6%

 

Source: Careers Wales, 2014



Did you know?


There are 11 universities within an hour’s drive from North Wales  (NWEAB, 2016) 


There are around
13,320
apprenticeships in
North Wales
 
(NWEAB, 2016)

Higher Education

 

9,000 approximate number of learners



 

11,000 approximate number of learners


 

11,000 approximate number of learners


Source : NWEAB, 2016


Find a HE course


37% of people working in North Wales have a Level 4 qualification or above. 
For example, a Higher National Certificate (HNC)


Do I need Welsh Language skills?

If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace, particularly 
if you are working in Welsh speaking areas.   

Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey have the highest percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales.

% OF PEOPLE ABLE TO SPEAK WELSH


Gwynedd 65%

 

Isle of Angelsey57%

 

Conwy27%

 

Denbighshire25%

 

Flintshire 13%

 

Wrexham 13%

 

 

Wales19%

 

(Census, 2011)

TOP INDUSTRIES FOR WELSH SPEAKERS

% of employers who rate
Welsh Language skills as important


Childcare 84%

 

Agriculture and Food46%

 

Social Care43%

 

Creative Industries39%

 

Hospitality35%

 

Retail26%

 

Finance26%

 

Construction25%

 

(Welsh Government, 2014)

 


 56%
of all employers in North Wales rate having Welsh Language skills as important
(Welsh Government, 2014)


What about the Future?

Jobs in demand each year over the next 5 years in North Wales.
New recruits needed each year.

Which jobs will
be in demand?

Care Workers
600


Sales Assistants
500


Nurses
430


Adminstration staff
290


Kitchen staff
280


Cleaners
260


Farmers
240


Primary and Nursery Teachers
220


Nursing Auxiliaries
220


Bar Staff
190


Teaching Assistants
180


Secondary School Teachers
161


Retail Managers
156


Doctors
143


EMSI, 2016


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