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Jobs and skills in demand

Where will jobs be in future?

We expect 37,500 extra jobs to be created in Manchester over the next ten years.

There will be many types of work, but we expect five areas to grow strongly:


700 different types of jobs including architects, project managers, quantity surveyors, bricklayers, joiners, computer-aided designers, IT workers and customer service staff.

Creative, cultural and digital

A wide group of businesses where skills and talents create goods and services – direct to the public or to other businesses. Jobs include product designers, graphic designers, photographers, advertising and marketing, and film and TV.

Business, financial and professional

A wide variety of careers such as banking and fund management. Jobs include accountants, insurance underwriters, lawyers, legal secretaries, surveyors, office administrators, bank staff and customer-services.

Science, Research & Development

Covers research and development (R&D), product and process development, scientific sales and commercial roles such as finance, human resources, IT and marketing.

Health and Social Care

The health and social care sector is one of the largest job sectors in Manchester, and continues to grow.  There are a wide number of roles available.  For more information, visit the Greater Manchester NHS Careers & Engagement Hub

Skills in demand

Employers are also looking for these important skills and qualities:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Honesty and trustworthiness
  • Punctuality
  • Team-working
  • Self-motivation


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