Indeed data shows care role dominating fastest growing jobs in past year.

Challenges ahead for healthcare.

Staff shortages in health and social care have led the sector to dominate a ranking of the top 10 fastest growing jobs in 2019, according to new data released by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. The company analysed thousands of jobs advertised across its platform to pinpoint which have seen the biggest rise in vacancies in 2019 compared to 2018.

The role recording the biggest surge in demand was ‘travelling nurse’ – experienced nurses who cover for staff nurses across a whole region – with vacancies jumping by 169 per cent on their 2018 levels. In total, seven of 2019’s top 10 fastest growing roles are in the health and social care sector, including jobs in childcare and in mental health provision.

Nursing jobs made up three of the top 10, with posts for home care nurses rising by 142 per cent and psychiatric nurses by 89 per cent. The rise in job openings for nurses may be attributed to staff shortages. A 2018 study by the Kings Fund and the University of York found four in 10 home care workers leave their role each year while the Royal College of Nursing says the NHS has lost 5,000 mental health nurses since 2010.

Indeed have noted that the UK’s new government, which won an 80 seat majority in last week’s General Election, has promised 50,000 more nurses for the NHS, although subsequent reports suggest that figure includes 18,000 existing nurses who will be encouraged to remain in the NHS, or rejoin.

Table: The fastest growing jobs in 20191

Ranking Job title Sector Rise in posts (2018-2019)
1 Travelling nurse Health and social care 169 per cent
2 Home care nurse Health and social care 142 per cent
3 Disability assessor Health and social care 138 per cent
4 Security guard Security 119 per cent
5 Fast food attendant Restaurants 100 per cent
6 Psychiatrist Health and social care 94 per cent
7 Registered children’s manager Health and social care 92 per cent
8 Pharmacy assistant Health and social care 91 per cent
9 Psychiatric nurse Health and social care 89 per cent
10 Custodian Security 88 per cent


Among the roles not in the health and social care sector, posts for fast food attendant doubled, perhaps reflecting growing demand for fast food thanks to the popularity of apps such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat.

“Such dominance of the top 10 fastest growing jobs by the health and social care sector shows just how acute the staff shortages – and the recruitment challenges – are for many NHS trusts and local authorities,” commented Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed. “The UK’s unemployment rate stands at just 3.8 per cent, and while this is good news for workers, it can make attracting staff difficult for employers, public and private sector alike, as they have to work harder to woo recruits away from their current jobs.

“Increasing nurse numbers was central to the government’s election pledges, and both it and the NHS will need to persuade thousands more people to train as nurses, or return to the profession, to fill existing vacancies let alone new ones,” he concludes.

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