Figures released for April 2015 reveal that the industries which have boasted the highest annual employment growth are believed to be at low risk from computer automation. The Reed Job Index for April now stands at 255, with growth of 29.9% on an annual basis.
In April, Education displayed the strongest growth, with job opportunities increasing by over two thirds (67 per cent) in the last twelve months. Other fast growing sectors included Social Care (+58 per cent) and Engineering (+44 per cent).
At the same time, the technology which is driving job automation continues to deliver growing employment opportunities. The Reed Job Index data for April shows significant year-on-year rises in both IT and Telecoms related roles (+26 per cent), whilst new vacancies in the Scientific sector continue to grow (+16 per cent).
Meanwhile, in Manufacturing and Transport, new opportunity growth has slowed. The latest Reed Job Index reveals job opportunities in Manufacturing have decreased slightly (-1 per cent) in the last month and vacancies in Transport have dropped by 17 per cent in the last six months.
The West Midlands has seen the highest levels of annual growth (46.2%), closely followed by the North East (39%) and South West (34.3%).
The average national salary is higher now in April 2015 than it was a year ago. However, it still lags behind December 2009 when the index was first set at 100. The regions boasting the highest year on year salary growth are Northern Ireland and Yorkshire and Humberside.