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Revealed: UK’s fastest growing jobs for grads

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There are clear signs that hiring of UK graduates is on its way to recovering to pre-COVID rates, a LinkedIn report said.

The labour market for UK graduates is improving, the latest data from LinkedIn has revealed, and mobile app developer and electricians are among the fastest-growing jobs when it comes to entry-level positions.

Britons under the age of 25 were the worst-hit by the pandemic’s impact on the labour market, ONS data showed, with LinkedIn noting a 23% fall in grads being hired. 

However, it said “as the UK economy starts to reopen and the vaccine programme rolls out, there are clear signs that hiring of UK graduates is on its way to recovering to pre-COVID hiring rates.”

LinkedIn’s new ‘Get Hired’ report focuses on grads and shows that technology and digital-focused roles dominate the fastest-growing jobs, and that soft skills like communication and problem solving are in high demand.

Fast-growing jobs

  • Digital marketing specialist

  • Graphic designer

  • Web designer

  • Web developer

  • Mobile application developer

  • Cloud engineer

  • Healthcare assistant

  • Electrician

  • Social services assistant

Top 10 industries hiring entry-level positions

  • Software & IT Services

  • Finance

  • Manufacturing

  • Healthcare

  • Construction

  • Media & communications

  • Corporate services

  • Consumer goods

  • Retail

  • Energy & mining

In-demand skills

  • Communication

  • Analytical skills

  • Customer service

  • Design

  • Problem solving

“It’s really great news that we’re starting to see more graduates find jobs. We’re seeing particular growth in technology and digital roles, and that companies are looking for people with strong communication and problem solving skills," said Janine Chamberlin, UK country manager at LinkedIn.

She said employers need to help grads get "into work if we’re going to avoid the long-term economic scarring that we saw after the 2008 to 2009 recession" and they "must look beyond the gaps in experience and consider people based on the skills they have developed and their future potential.”

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The report also found that the percentage of entry-level remote jobs posted in the UK has increased significantly since the pandemic.

Some 10% of entry-level roles posted between 1 January and 31 March 2021 were remote, compared to just 0.6% a year prior.

“As the number of remote roles has seen major growth, employers have to carefully consider how to onboard people who are starting their careers and find ways to help build workplace skills and foster company culture remotely,” the report said.

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