It’s a challenging time to look for work, but there are lots of employers recruiting in Wales this summer. Start your search for a new job here!
The job market in Wales has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. But there are still lots of jobs in Wales to apply for.
How has the job market changed?
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, vacancies in areas like restaurants and tourism decreased and the focus shifted towards areas like health, care and supermarkets. Demand for workers in sectors such as hospitality, beauty, housing and construction have since been affected by COVID restrictions.
Job postings dropped sharply as the crisis took hold but recovered steadily up to the end of October 2020. Job postings have dropped since then because of renewed lockdown restrictions, but there are now encouraging signs once again.
Some key facts:
Online job vacancies dropped to around 46,000 vacancies in May 2020. In October 2020, the number of vacancies had gone back up to over 76,000. By February 2021, they had dropped again to just over 64,000.
In March 2021 however, overall online job postings in Wales jumped by nearly 30% to 83,000, the highest monthly increase since before the pandemic hit in February 2020. In April 2021, there was a slight drop to around 82,000 job postings.
The sectors recruiting in high numbers include health and care, transport and logistics, education, IT and retail. Hospitality and Tourism are seeing more jobs advertised now too.
The top job titles advertised in Wales during April 2021 were:
|Occupation||No. of Job Postings|
|Care workers and home carers||3,437|
|Sales accounts and business development managers||1,977|
|Primary and nursery teaching professionals||1,593|
|Programmers and software development professionals||1,501|
|Kitchen and catering assistants||1,450|
|Metal working production and maintenance fitters||1,415|
|Cleaners and domestics||1,291|
Source: EMSI, 2021
Who's recruiting in Wales?
The links below take you to the websites of employers who are recruiting now.
Job vacancies will change over time, so check back regularly.
Other retail job sites
Hospitality and catering
As COVID restrictions ease, more jobs are being advertised with pubs, restaurants, cafes etc. Lots of these jobs are with small, local businesses but here are some of the larger companies and websites:
Other hotel job sites
Food production and other essential services
The Feed the Nation recruitment campaign is designed to find temporary workers in essential food production services during these difficult times, such as in supermarkets and delivery services.
OCS are looking for essential workers in areas such as cleaning, catering, customer service and security, in support of the NHS and others.
Construction, labouring and landscaping
Even during these uncertain times, there may be job opportunities in construction and landscaping. Look for vacancies on online job sites like the Construction Job, Constructor, Totaljobs, Indeed, Reed and Find a job.
Construction companies also use Recruitment Agencies to advertise seasonal work
You will usually need to have a CSCS Health and Safety Card to work on construction sites.
Please note that the CSCS testing centres are open but it may take longer to sit a test due to social distancing measures.
The CSCS scheme have temporarily changed some scheme rules to help existing card holders:
- If you’re card expired in March 2020 or later, you might still be able to use it to get work for now, at your employers’ discretion
- You now have 12 months instead of 6 to renew an existing card after it expires
Please visit the CSCS website for the most up-to-date situation.
Leisure and tourism
Jobs in holiday parks and resorts are starting to be advertised again as restrictions ease too. Here are some ideas:
Out and about
National parks and gardens and historical and arts organisations are also recruiting. Here are a few ideas:
Ideas for finding active summer jobs:
Council seasonal jobs
Councils have a range of seasonal jobs that might include grass cutting, parks and grounds maintenance, playschemes, life guard and more. To find a council, visit WLGA: Local Authority Links in Wales.
Banking and finance
Just starting out?
Worried you haven’t got a lot of work experience but still looking for paid work? There are opportunities out there for you to get a foothold within the jobs market.
If you’re 16-24 and live in Wales, you could apply for Jobs Growth Wales. Jobs Growth Wales is 6 months in a paid job, funded by the Welsh Government, giving you valuable work experience.
Are you 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Under the Kickstart Scheme, you could apply for a 6 months paid job placement, funded by the UK government.
Looking to earn while you learn? Why not think about an apprenticeship.
Other support if you’re out of work
If you’ve found yourself out of work because of the pandemic, you could get targeted support to get back to work under the UK-wide Job Entry: Targeted Support Scheme (JETS). To be eligible, you need to be:
- 16 or over
- Out of work for at least 13 weeks
- Claiming certain benefits
The support includes specialist advice for people to get in to growing job sectors. Find out more about JETS on the UK Government’s Job Help site.
Job Entry: targeted support is being delivered by Remploy in Wales – visit the JETS page on the Remploy website.
Don’t forget that Careers Wales can help you with your next steps, with job seeking advice and accessing retraining options. This includes redundancy support.
Safer job searching
Watch out for job scams when you search for jobs on websites. More people are being targeted by online job scams. Find out more about how to avoid the job scams at Safer Jobs.
Apply for jobs now
Jobcentre Plus regularly tweet vacancies – find out more on our page on using social media to job search.
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