Job opportunities in the UK

According to the annual Global Skills Index from recruitment group Hays and consultancy Oxford Economics, skill shortages in the UK have worsened for a fourth consecutive year, and now rank among the most severe in Europe.

The engineering and technology sector is particularly affected, with employers virtually forced into a ‘war for talent’.

The report calls for regulatory and immigration reform as a short-term route to enable businesses to access world class talent from outside their domestic markets.

If your skills are in demand in the UK, finding a job may be easier. The UK Skill Shortage List details the professions in the UK that are in exceptionally high demand. Being a professional in one of these occupations means swifter entry into the UK via the Tier 2 “Skilled Worker Visa’ on the points-based system.

They include production managers and directors in mining and energy, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, IT business analysts, architects, medical practitioners, nurses, secondary education teaching professionals, medical and dental technicians, and skilled dancers, choreographers and musicians.

We’ve listed a few current positions in some of the UK’s main cities that fit the criteria. You can click on the job title links for more information.


Job Title: Project Manager

Job Sector:  Engineering Job Location: Leeds

Job Type: Full time Salary: £40 – £50,000 Recruitment Company: Hays Recruiting

Are you a forward thinking Project Manager and interested in joining a dynamic new organisation? Highways England is the new government company charged with driving forward our motorways and major A roads.

We are recruiting project managers posts across our specialist functions that design and schedule programmes our road investment programmes, deliver these investment programmes and deliver c major new infrastructure projects. Our project managers are responsible for the delivery of these projects to time, efficiency and customer impact targets and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders as well as the broader supply chain. Our Project Managers should will come from a variety of sectors including construction, transport utilities and engineering but will have had significant exposure to complex infrastructure projects.


Job Title: Teacher of English

Job Sector:  Education and Training Job Location: London Borough of Newham

Job Type: Full time Salary: Inner London Scale Recruitment Company: Hays Recruiting

We seek to appoint a qualified, driven and successful Teacher of English.  English at St Bons is a high achieving department – in 2014 we were awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute mark. We extend and enthuse pupils through subject-based activities that are beyond the curriculum including through our membership of the Old Vic New Voices Schools’ Theatre Club and our active involvement in Newham borough’s Every Child a Theatre Goer initiative. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced or newly qualified teacher who has a passion for English, can teach creatively and can inspire pupils. You will have evidence of excellent classroom practice and high expectations of pupil attainment and behaviour. St Bonaventure’s is an outstanding popular provider of education within the London Borough of Newham. With a long and distinguished history of educating boys’, aged 11-18, in the East End of London, St Bons is recognised by the DfE as a ‘high performing’ Catholic school. The school is founded under Franciscan principles, with a large and exciting culturally and religiously diverse co-educational sixth form.


Job Title: Lead Engineer

Job Sector:  Engineering Job Location: Glasgow

Job Type: Full time Salary: £35,000 – £50,000 Recruitment Company: Hays Recruiting

Hays Specialist Recruitment is working exclusively with one of the UK’s most well renowned building services engineering support providers. Their current project workload cover a variety of buildings in both the private and public sector.

Due to their continued success, they are now looking to add to their team up in Scotland. Our client is currently a £6 billion company with a proven track record in their field. This is a great opportunity for an individual to grow and develop their career. This can be offered in terms of career progression, in addition to live project exposure and driving the new part of the business in Glasgow.

Boasting a city centre location our client’s office will be ideal located within easy reach of public transport links and an abundance of local attractions.

The ideal candidate will have:

– Experience in technical management of commercial buildings

– Engineering ability to carry out works on commercial buildings

– Planned maintenance experience

– Be able to apply engineering principals to report writing

– Professional approach

– Ability to respond to the business needs when required