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General projections

Despite the downturn in the economy, employment is projected to rise slowly - resulting in almost 1.5 million extra jobs by 2020.

The types of occupational groups that are are likely to grow more in employment in general are occupational groups such as:

  • Managers, directors and senior officials - expected to rise by 18%  by 2020.
  • Professional occupations - expected to rise by 15% by 2020.
  • Associate professional and technical occupations - expected to rise by 14% by  2020.
  • Caring, leisure and other service occupations - expected to rise by 12% by  2020.

The types of occupational groups that are are likely to decline more in employment in general are occupations such as:

  • Administrative, clerical & secretarial occupations - expected to decline by 11% by 2020- although this category will still employ over 3 million people in 2020.
  • Skilled trades occupations - expected to decline by 7% by 2020.
  • Process, plant & machine operatives - expected to decline by 11% by 2020.

Don't forget though - even in occupational areas that are predicted to decline there will always be a need to replace workers who leave due to retirement, career moves, or related reasons. For all occupations put together, replacement demand, expected from retirement alone, will mean about 12 million job openings in the economy as a whole.

If you do not understand any terms used on this site - for example 'downturn in the economy' - then why not take a look at the Jargon Buster pages on this site?

These headlines are based on the working futures report 2010-2020 published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in December 2011.