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UKCES unveils 'futureproof' jobs list

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The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has released a list of 40 jobs that offer the best opportunities for the jobseekers of the future, with both traditional and emerging sectors well-represented.

The Careers of the Future report highlights 12 career areas that labour market analysts believe offer the best prospects in the future amid increasing automation. All jobs are rated according to pay, business need and predicted job opportunities.

Roles in the medical profession such as nursing and care workers are seen as strong prospects, along with more technology-focused positions including mechanical engineers and programme and software developers.

The construction sector is also seen as offering good prospects, with architects, carpenters and chartered surveyors all making the list of 'futureproof' roles.

UKCES chief executive Michael Davis said the report highlights a "wealth of options" available for young people entering the labour market.

"The next step is for employers and education providers to continue to develop close working relationships, inspiring young people and creating better jobs in the process," he said.

Minister for skills and equalities Nick Boles called the report a "useful tool" for those looking to forge a path into the world of work.

"I want all young people to be able to fulfil their potential by choosing a route that best suits their abilities and ambitions, whether that is developing skills in the workplace through an apprenticeship or studying at university," he said.