Occupational shortages in Wales

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Occupational shortages

An insight into occupational shortages in the UK labour market has been published by Prospects. Here we summarise their findings.

Hard-to-fill positions are those where an employer has reported a vacancy as hard to fill if they found it difficult to fill for any reason. Vacancies that employers find hard-to-fill due to applicants lacking relevant skills, qualifications or experience are termed ‘skill-shortage vacancies’.

Wales is characterised by largely small, dispersed and rural professional labour markets outside the south of the country, with one nationally strong professional jobs market in Cardiff. As a consequence, over half the hard-to-fill vacancies at professional level in Wales were in Wales South.

1. Wales North

  • Nurses
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c.
  • Business and related associate professionals n.e.c.
  • Engineering professionals n.e.c.
  • Sport coaches, instructors and officials
  • Business sales executives • Environment professionals
  • Civil engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Building and civil engineering technicians
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • IT user support technicians
  • Medical practitioners
  • Teaching and other education professionals n.e.c.

2. Wales Mid

  • Veterinarians
  • Design and development engineers
  • Nurses

3.Wales South

  • Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
  • Nurses
  • Business sales executives
  • Product, clothing and related designers
  • Engineering professionals n.e.c.
  • Web design and development professionals
  • Architectural and town planning technicians
  • Fitness instructors
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • Graphic designers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Medical practitioners
  • Chartered surveyors
  • IT operations technicians
  • Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.
  • IT user support technicians
  • Production managers and directors in construction
  • Physiotherapists
  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors

4. Wales South West

  • Engineering professional n.e.c.
  • Production managers and directors in manufacturing
  • Nurses
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Business sales executives


The full report can be found here: