Over 130,000 UK job vacancies on offer needing no degree or formal education

Job prospects for jobseekers without a degree are looking up, with over 130,000 advertised vacancies on offer that don’t require a formal education, according to new research from global job search engine Adzuna.

The research, based on over 890,000 open roles featured on Adzuna in March 2021, analysed UK job openings and advertised salaries for positions requiring no degree or formal education.

Lower-skilled workers have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, bearing the brunt of increasing job competition from graduates and other higher-skilled workers, fuelled by rising redundancies and high unemployment levels. Unemployment among recent graduates hit 12% in Q3 2020 according to the ONS, compared to a wider youth unemployment rate incorporating lower-skilled workers of 13.6% in Q2 and Q3, and overall UK unemployment currently sitting at 5.0%

But with the end of lockdown in sight, the data reveals jobs not requiring a degree or formal education are finally flooding back to the market. The 30 roles analysed are advertising 138,648 job vacancies between them, equal to 16%, or 1 in 7, of the 894,259 UK jobs currently available.

In particular, the recent lockdown DIY boom has driven demand for skilled trades, including 13,412 Electrician job vacancies, 5,924 Labourer openings, 3,718 Plumber roles, 3,025 Carpenter positions and 1,565 job vacancies for Painter & Decorators.

The pandemic has also stoked demand for Warehouse, Logistics and E-commerce roles. The increase in online shopping has created jobs for Warehouse Operatives (7,285 openings), Couriers (8,602 openings), and HGV Drivers (9,526 roles). 

Similarly, companies have focused on growing their online presence through their website, social media channels and through digital marketing, leading to rising opportunities in associated entry-level positions that require tech or social ‘know-how’ rather than a specific degree. As a result, three of our 30 ‘no-degree necessary’ picks sit within this space: Social Media Officer (1,613 openings), Trainee Software Developer (642 roles), and Digital Marketing Assistant (312 roles).

Hospitality openings are also starting to return as the UK looks forward to the end of lockdown, with 21,492 Waiter roles on offer, 6,530 Chef openings, and 438 Bartender positions. Meanwhile, as offices and bricks and mortar retailers prepare to re-open, expert Cleaners remain in demand (11,853 openings).

The Care sector is a final bright spot for jobseekers with no degree, with 3,907 advertised vacancies on offer, and hourly pay rates rising to as much as £22 per hour. 

Two jobs on our list have advertised salaries averaging over £40k, Plumbers (£40,028) and Photographers (£44,015,) showing workers don’t need to shell out on costly university tuition fees to earn a substantial salary.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “The pandemic has been particularly tough on non-graduate jobseekers who’ve had to jostle with furloughed workers, recent graduates and the newly redundant to try and secure work. But the jobs market has turned a corner for those without a degree. As restrictions lift and the country moves towards opening up, hiring is increasing in non-specialist roles, with a boom in demand for skilled trades, cleaners and hospitality workers. Meanwhile, initiatives like the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme are encouraging more companies to upskill younger workers on the job, rather than look to hire specialists, which could be a way into white-collar work for those who opted against higher education.”

Table 1: 30 UK Jobs Available Now That Don’t Require A Degree

JobAdvertised VacanciesAverage Advertised Salary
1Waiter21,492£25,543
2Electrician13,412£37,838
3Cleaner11,853£19,479
4HGV Driver9,526£27,874
5Office Manager8,931£36,974
6Courier8,602£32,257
7Recruitment Consultant7,945£29,810
8Warehouse Operative7,285£19,283
9Chef6,530£23,774
10Labourer5,924£21,864
11Personal Trainer4,762£22,587
12Photographer4,002£44,015
13Care Worker3,907£20,600
14Plumber3,718£40,028
15Events Coordinator / Manager3,487£29,453
16Carpenter3,025£34,959
17Gardener2,182£24,379
18Sales Assistant1,760£19,813
19Executive Assistant1,668£33,556
20Social Media Officer1,613£29,014
21Painter & Decorator1,565£30,661
22Window Cleaner1,047£20,396
23Tree Surgeon955£27,707
24Estate Agent859£35,030
25Babysitter693£21,218
26Trainee Software Developer642£30,476
27Bartender438£18,526
28Digital Marketing Assistant312£24,663
29Student Paramedic281£33,352
30Furniture Assembler232£37,472

Author: Editorial Team

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