Jobs in the Future
There will be more jobs in 2014 than there are now in Suffolk - many of the new jobs will be part-time. There will be about the same number of full-time jobs as there are now.
About the same number of people will choose self-employment. Fewer people will have jobs where they are making things but there will be more jobs for people who provide services for others.
As well as new jobs, by 2014, the area will need more trained workers to replace some of the people who retire, move to other areas of the country or change career. This means there are loads of opportunities in all kinds of industries.
Research shows that many of Suffolk's jobs in the future will be created by eight key sectors with the biggest potential for growth around the county.
- Energy - Although a small area now with around 2,000 jobs, projected investment in offshore and renewable energy predict more than 30,000 jobs in this area.
- Distribution - this involves opportunities in the ports and the logisitics sector. There are currently around 12,000 people working in these areas with predictions of over 1,500 more jobs.
- Biotechnology - there are currently around 1,300 people employed in this area with predictions of many more jobs as over 50% of the entire UK biotech industry is located in the east of England.
- Advanced Manufacturing - there are currently around 14,000 people employed in this sector and growth looks strong.
- Food & Drink Manufacturing - 18,000 people are employed in agriculture, food processing and manufacturing and 26% of all Suffolk employees work in food related jobs. Many of these jobs produce high quality "niche" products that contribute to attracting tourists.
- Creative Industries - Although a small area now, predictions are for over 6,000 new jobs to be created in the East of England.
- Tourism - 2012 Olympics will bring opportunities for many tourism related sectors.
- Technology - With over 3,000 jobs, this is expected to grow new developments at Martlesham Heath leading the way.
Other strong areas for Suffolk are:
Suffolk County Council Economic Development Team has produced a poster ' Skills and Jobs for the Future?' giving details of the key sectors which are expected to grow in the County and the choices and pathways that young people can make as the 14 -19 curriculum expands rapidly to meet the demands of employers in the County. You can download this poster here.