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South West and Mid Wales


A bright future ahead. Find your future in South West and Mid Wales.

The South West and Mid Wales area includes:Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea.

What are my options for a job
in South West and Mid Wales?
What jobs have the most vacancies?



What industries are growing?
Who are the key employers
in South West and Mid Wales?


South West and Mid Wales is an area of contrasts. It includes the industrial areas of Neath Port Talbot, South Carmarthenshire and the Haven Waterway Enterprise Zone in Pembrokeshire but also boasts 2 national parks, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Much of the area comprises a very rural landscape, but there is the city of Swansea with its transport links, retail and leisure facilities and service sector jobs. (RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)

South West and Mid Wales has around one third of Wales' population, workforce and businesses (NOMIS, 2015). Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Health and Social Care, Construction and Energy and Environment are key industries in the area. Some exciting new projects are coming to the area so technical skills specific to the job are in demand, particularly within the Energy and Environment sector.

Read on to find out what is happening in South West and Mid Wales now, and what is predicted to happen in the future.


The 'Centre for
Excellence in Rural
Health and Social Care' (CfERH) is working to
improve healthcare
services in Mid Wales.
(Mid Wales Healthcare
Collaborative, 2017)

In Powys and Ceredigion, 3 out of 10 businessses are in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector. 
(RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)
ARCH, the Regional Collaboration for Health, has identified the need for new roles in Healthcare, like the Physician Associate.(ARCH, 2017)

The 
Swansea Bay City Deal and Internet Coast aims
to create 33,000
jobs over the next
20 years. 
(BBC, 2016)
More than
in 10
businesses in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are retail. (RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)
The 'Yr Egin'
creative development
at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen could create 850 jobs.
(Carmarthenshire County
Council, 2016)
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon could power
150,000 homes
for 120 years.
(Tidal Lagoon
Swansea 2016)
 13 of the50 fastest growing companies in Wales for2016are in South West and Mid Wales 
(Fastgrowth50, 2016)


  • The PowerSite (Pembroke Dock)
  • Morganstone (Lanelli)
  • Genpower (Pembroke Dock)
  • Vizolution (Port Talbot)
  • character.com (Swansea)
  • Facility Services Group (Swansea)
  • CPR Global Tech (Swansea)
  • Oldwalls (Gower)
  • Evabuild (Newtown)
  • Trade Centre Wales (Neath)
  • Focused Recruitment (Ystrad Mynach)
  • Tatami Fightwear (Port Talbot)
  • Cuddy Environmental (Neath)


Largest industries in South West and Mid Wales

Numbers of people employed (rounded figures)

 

Health and Social Care
57,200

 

Retail and Sales
39,300

 

Education
36,200

 

Manufacturing
33,500

 

Accommodation and Food Services
31,000

 

Public Administration and Defence
27,200

 

Construction
17,800

 

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
17,300

 

Professional and Scientific*
16,100

 

Transport and Storage
13,200

 

Wholesale
9,300

 

Motor Trades
8,200

 

Financial and Insurance
6,600

 

Mining, Quarrying and Utilities
5,800

 

Property
5,300

 

IT
4,400

 

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
1,800

 


Source: BRES,2015

*Law, Accountancy,Architecture and Technical

Where are most of the
jobs in South West and
Mid Wales?


Over half, 57%, of jobs in South West and Mid Wales are in Health and Care, Retail, Education, Manufacturing or Accommodation and Food (BRES, 2015)



Health is the largest industry in South West and Mid Wales, employing 1 in 6 working people
(BRES, 2015)


 

Growing industries in South West and Mid 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

If you have an interest in protecting our environment and working to create sustainable forms of energy for Wales then a career in the energy and environment sector may be perfect for you.

43,300 already work in the sector. You could join them as Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Engineering Technician or a Programmer/Software Developer.

Check out: Spotlight on Energy and Environment

ADVANCED MATERIALS
AND MANUFACTURING

How about working in an industry that produces anything from cars to aeroplanes? Or, being a part of designing and creating the products of the future. The advanced materials and manufacturing sector is growing in our region with over 21,700 already working in the industry. You could be one of these people.

The region needs: Production Managers and Directors, Programmers and Software Developers, Electricians and Electrical Fitters, Metal Working Production and Maintenance staff.

Check out: Spotlight on Advanced Materials and Manufacturing


CONSTRUCTION

Everything around us has been built by a skilled construction worker. Working in the construction industry could see you constructing the new homes and schools of the future. Or even working on some of the exciting new developments coming to the region like Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

Future demand will be for: Carpenters and Joiners, Surveyors, Electrical and Electronic Trades, Plasterers, Bricklayers and Plumbing and Heating Engineers.

Check out: Spotlight on Construction

ICT

The ICT sector is critical to Wales. Elements of this sector can be seen within every part of the economy which is one of the reasons it’s growing so quickly. Many of the jobs within this sector are highly paid and highly skilled providing a rewarding and stable career.

You could be a: IT Specialist Manager,Programmer/Software Developer, Business Analyst or an IT User Support Technician.

Check out: Spotlight on ICT


CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Are you creative? Do you have an interest in music or performing arts? What about fashion design?

A career in the Creative Industries might be the perfect fit for you. It’s a growing sector in the region and developments such as ‘Yr Egin’ and the relocation of S4C to Carmarthen will only strengthen the sector here.

You could be a: Photographer, Marketing Professional, Actor, Presenter, Writer, Translator, Director, Editor or Journalist.

Check Out: Spotlight on Creative Industries

FOOD AND FARMING

The food and farming sector is one of importance to the region and Wales as a whole. It covers everything from food production to traditional farming. The sector is changing, you could be a part of this change. The sector is closely linked to the leisure and tourism sector and could therefore provide you with much opportunity.

The following roles are in demand: Gardener and Landscaper, Farmer, Animal Care Worker,Biological Scientist,Biochemist and Food and Drink Process Operative.

Check out: Spotlight on Food and Farming


HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Do you want a career that’s rewarding and challenging? If yes, then a career in Health and Social Care may be an option for you. The sector is growing year on year and provides a wealth of opportunity.

You could work as a: Doctor, Midwife, Nurse, Counsellor, Speech and Language Therapist, Social Worker, Dentist, Pharmacist or Paramedic.

RETAIL AND SALES

If you’re a people person and you like fast-paced environments then you could be an asset to the retail and sales sector.

Jobs are within the following areas: Store operations, Merchandising, Buying,Human Resources, Marketing and PR, Logistics and Finance.


LEISURE AND TOURISM

South West and Mid Wales has a large number of important tourist attractions. Over 41,000 people work in the region’s leisure and tourism sector. There is particularly high demand for high level chef and catering skills.

You could work as a: Chef, Event Planner, Hotel Manager, Social Media Manager,  Front of House Workers/Hotel Receptionist and Leisure or Attraction Manager.


 

Top 13 jobs advertised in South West and Mid Wales

Nurse was the job most commonly advertised online in the last 12 months; over 2000 job adverts.

 

Nurses

 2,080

Care Workers

 978

Medical Practitioners

 900

Programmers and Software Developers

 895

Administration roles

 798

Retail Managers

 643

Sales Executives

 630

Primary and Nursery Teachers

 549

Sales related occupations

 524

Teaching Assistants

 523

Chefs

 497

Engineering Technicians

 423

Sales Assistants

 413


(Labour Insights, December 2016)
 


Care Workers and Home Carers are likely to be the fastest growing occupation over the next 5 years for Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea (EMSI, 2016)


 

New developments; new jobs in South West and Mid Wales

THE INTERNET COAST

  • The Swansea area is to become a digital superhub for the UK
  • It would involve developments in wireless and cloud technology
  • New technology for health and social care and energy would be built in Swansea
  • This could mean more IT jobs for the area

Swansea City Bay Region, 2016

SWANSEA BAY TIDAL LAGOON

  • The world’s first man-made tidal lagoon is planned for Swansea Bay
  • It would produce enough renewable energy to power 9 out of 10 homes in Swansea Bay for over a century
  • More than 2000 construction and engineering jobs will be needed to build it.

Find out more

Tidal Lagoon Power, 2016

 


A REGIONAL COLLABORATION FOR HEALTH (ARCH)

  • Local health boards universities and colleges are working together to transform healthcare services
  • A wellness centre is planned at Delta Lakes, Llanelli
  • People in rural areas will get easier access to more health services
  • ARCH aims to bring about new local medical technology and other life science jobs

Find out more

Swansea University, 2016

COMPUTATIONAL FOUNDRY

  • Computational science is using computer technology and simulation to research problems in the real world
  • Housed at the Bay Campus of Swansea University, the Computational Foundry aims to be a world-class research facility
  • More jobs could exist that require strong IT and scientific skills

Find out more

Swansea University, 2016

 


YR EGIN

  • S4C is moving to the Yr Egin Centre in Carmarthen
  • The new YR Egin Centre at UWTSD in Carmarthen aims to be a creative hub for the region
  • It is set to open in 2018
  • 98 new jobs to be created
  • A creative cluster to exist within the area, meaning more digital and creative jobs
  • Over 500 supply chain and over 80 construction jobs created

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016 and Carmarthenshire County Council, 2016

IBERS CAMPUS - ABERYSTWYTH

  • The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences carries out research into issues like food security and climate change
  • It is internationally renowned and generates over £12 to the economy for every £1 spent

Find out more

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016

 


INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE CAMPUS - ABERYSTWYTH

  • A new research facility in Aberystwyth will focus on areas like sustainable food, renewable energy and health
  • More scientific skills will be needed

Find out more

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016

ABERYSTWYTH VETERINARY HUB

  • Aimed at bringing expertise in veterinary science together
  • Developing a school for veterinary science for Wales

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016

 


CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN RURAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

  • The CfERH will carry out research to improve healthcare services in Mid Wales
  • It will also help improve access to training for local health professionals

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016

TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CARE SERVICES

  • Bronglais General Hospital will become a Centre for Excellence in developing technology-based healthcare services

RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016

 


CONSTRUCTION WALES INNOVATION CENTRE (CWIC)

The Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) is a unique CITB funded all-Wales training centre with its hub forming part of the new University of Wales Trinity Saint David SA1 campus in the Swansea Bay Innovation area. It includes the FE colleges who deliver bespoke/specialist training across all sectors and levels of construction, including scaffolding.

 


 

Meet the employers

These are some of the key employers in South West and Mid Wales:


BTG Protherics UK Ltd,  
Ceredigion 


Rachel's Dairy,  
Ceredigion 


Tinopolis Plc,   
Carmarthenshire


RWE,
Pembrokeshire  


Valero
Pembrokeshire

Control Techniques Drives Ltd,  Powys 


Packaging Coordinators Inc,   
Powys


Tata Steel
Neath Port Talbot


Admiral Group Plc, Swansea


Dawnus Group, Swansea


Around 27,000
people commute daily into Swansea

(City and County of Swansea,2016)

The NHS
is the top recruiting employer
in South West
and Mid Wales
(Labour Insights, 2016)

84%
of businesses in the
region are micro-businesses, so they employ less than 10 people
(RLSP South West
and Mid Wales, 2016)

Self-Employment

Got a great idea? Like making decisions? Are you a self-starter? You could choose to work for yourself…

South West and Mid Wales has some of the highest levels of self-employment in Wales: 

Powys
 29%

Ceredigion
 26%

Pembrokeshire
 20%

Carmarthenshire
 16%

Wales
 14%

 

Read more about  Working for yourself.

What can I earn?

What could I get
paid in South West and Mid Wales?

If you are thinking about a new career or getting a job, think about how important wage is to you. The earning potential of a job for the future could be important to you as well, as you decide on a career.

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.


Job Salary range dependent on experience (£)


£10,000 - £25,000


£11,000 - £18,000


£12,500 - £20,000


£13,000 - £27,000


£13,000 - £21,000


£15,000 - £20,000


£17,000 - £43,000


£18,000 - £31,000


£18,000 - £37,000


£20,000 - £33,000


£21,000 - £34,000


£23,000 - £45,000


£23,000 - £45,000


£23,500 - £50,500


£24,000 - £46,000


£24,000 - £27,000


£28,000 - £54,000


£30,000 - £40,000


£30,000 - £60,000


£54,000 - £82,000


(Cascaid, 2016)



Learning and training in South West and Mid Wales

South West and Mid 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.

5 of the 14 colleges in Wales are in the South West and Mid Wales area.
 

Further Education

1,895 learners
8,045 learners

 


14,170 learners
12,270 learners

 


6,815 learners


 (RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)

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TOP 5 JOBS GROWTH WALES JOBS
IN SOUTH WEST WALES

Job Area
% of all Jobs Growth Wales Jobs


Business Administration and Office Work 20%

 

Retail Sales and Customer Services14%

 

Catering and Hospitality10%

 

Marketing and Advertising9%

 

Building and Construction8%

 

(Careers Wales, 2016)
 

TOP 5 APPRENTICESHIP VACANCIES


Job Area
% advertised in last 12 months


Administration, Business and Office Work29%

 

Retail Sales and Customer Services16%

 

Engineering13%

 

Building and Construction9%

 

Healthcare6%

 

(Careers Wales, 2016)


Find out more about Apprenticeships  Find out more about Jobs Growth Wales   

Search for Aprenticeships and Jobs Growth Wales jobs  Find employers who offer apprenticship programmes


Higher Education

Universities in South West and Mid Wales

Over 36,00 university students study in South West and Mid Wales. (RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)

 

16,000 learners

10,500 learners


10,000 learners

200,000 students studying directly or through partners. 20,000 of those live outside the UK. (Visit Wales, 2015)


 

Subjects most studied by undergraduates in South West and Mid Wales HE institutions 2014-15

Engineering and Technology  
3,560 students

 

Biological Sciences  
3,030 students



Business and Administration Studies   2,930 students

Education  
2,905 students


(RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)

Find a HE course


Training and Work-based learning

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

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?


Skills in demand

With the new developments in the region employers will need people with specialist and technical skills that are specific to the job. Skills such as:

  • Engineering and renewable energy skills
  • Construction skills
  • Specialist IT skills, particularly coding and programming
  • Creativity and Media skills
  • Scientific skills

 

Employers are also looking for good transferable skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Planning and Organisational skills
  • Writing skills
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Customer Service skills
  • IT skills



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. Nearly half of the people in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire speak Welsh.

% OF PEOPLE ABLE TO SPEAK WELSH


Ceredigion 47%

 

Carmarthenshire44%

 

Pembrokeshire19%

 

Powys19%

 

Neath Port Talbot 15%

 

Swansea 11%

(RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016)

 

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)

 


 39%
of employers in South West and Mid Wales rate having Welsh Language skills as important
(Welsh Government, 2014)


What about the Future?

South West and Mid Wales has an aging population. This means that jobs become available when people retire. As the population ages more people will be using health and social services which will mean a likely increase in jobs in both health and social care. (RLSP South West and Mid Wales, 2016).

Jobs in demand each year over the next 5 years in South West and Mid Wales are:

Which jobs will
be in demand?


new recruits needed each year

 

Care Workers
770


Sales Assistants
640


Farmers
520


Nurses
500


Kitchen staff
390


Adminstration staff
360


Cleaners
350


Primary and Nursery Teachers
300


Nursing Assistants
260


Teaching Assistants
260


National Government Administrative
260


Secondary School Teachers
260


Bar Staff
240


Waiters and Waitresses
230


Book-Keepers, Payroll Managers
210


Source:EMSI, 2016


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