Using the Standard Occupation Classification system (SOC), we can get an approximation of occupations that are generally considered to require high, medium or low skills. High skilled jobs are those in the 1-3 digit SOC category, generally requiring a graduate level education; 4-6 digit SOCs are mid-range skills, mostly requiring a Level 3-5 education; and 7-9 digit SOCs are low skilled, which is mainly Level 2 qualifications and below.
Looking at those high skilled occupations, which are defined by the Office of National Statistics as Managers, Directors and Senior Officials (SOC 1); Professional Occupations (SOC 2); and Associate Professional and Technical Occupations (SOC 3), we can plug these classifications into our Job Posting Analytics data, in order to glean some insights on which actual job titles and which skills are currently most sought after by employers.
Beginning with job titles, the chart below ranks the Top 20 jobs in the 1-3 digit SOC category, according to unique postings from January to August this year. You can place your cursor over any of the lines to get more details on the actual number of job postings over the period, and you can use the play button and slider at the top to look at particular job titles.
What we can see, is that Surveyors, Project managers and Teachers are in the Top 3 throughout the period, and all of them have had over 12,000 unique postings in all months. Registered nurses has been one of the biggest risers in terms of ranking, starting the year in 9th place, before moving up to 4th in June and following, whilst Health practitioners and Home care social workers have also seen big increases, rising from 20th to 13th place, and 17th to 10th respectively.
As for the jobs which have moved down the rankings, Business process consultants has seen the biggest decline, moving from 8th to 16th place after a drop in postings of nearly 4,400, and Sales executives (7th to 12th place), Mechanical engineers (14th to 20th) and C/C++ developers (15th to 19th) have also all dropped down the rankings:
We can do a similar exercise, but rather than looking at job titles, we can pick out in-demand skills. As the chart below shows, the most significant rise up the rankings is Welfare, which moved from 11th to 4th place, perhaps reflecting the nature of the unfolding crisis, followed by Software engineering, from 14th to 11th. As for declines down the rankings, there are notable falls for Business to business (8th to 13th), HTML (12th to 15th), and Career development (13th to 16th):
Watch out for subsequent pieces, where we’ll take a look at demand for jobs in the middle skill category, and finally for lower skills.
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