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Working Futures 2010-2020 - Executive summary


Evidence Report 41 - Working Futures - ESThis report provides a short summary of the key messages from the latest Working Futures study. Working Futures 2010-2020 provides the most comprehensive picture available of the future UK labour market. The results are intended to provide a sound foundation for the deliberations of all those with an interest in future prospects for jobs. This includes individuals who may be considering their careers choices, employers, education and training providers, as well as the various agencies and departments of government.

Working Futures 2010-2020 (PDF, 260 Kb)  - Evidence report 41 - Executive summary
Published December 2011

Working Futures 2010-2020, is the most detailed and comprehensive set of UK labour market projections available.  The results provide a picture of employment prospects by industry, occupation, qualification level, gender and employment status for the UK and for nations and English regions up to 2020. 

These projections form a core part of the base of labour market intelligence that is available to support policy development and strategy around careers, skills and employment.

As with all projections and forecasts, the results presented in Working Futures should be regarded as indicative of likely trends and orders of magnitude given a continuation of past patterns of behaviour and performance, rather than precise forecasts of the future. 

At a time of great uncertainty about the short to medium term prospects for the economy, it is important to stress the value of Working Futures in aiding understanding of likely prospects for employment in the longer term (i.e. in 2020). The reader should therefore focus on the relative position of sectors, and occupations in 2020 and treat the projected values as broad indicators of scale rather than exact predictions.

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