Black Country

Plans are in place for job growth.

Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton are all part of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which has ambitions by 2033 to:

  • Increase local jobs to nearly 600,000;

  • Increase local employment to 80% of adult residents;

  • Support more than 2,000 new companies to set up every year

The Black Country LEP reports that the Black Country will require 213,000 people over the period 2012 to 2022, approximately 21,000 per year, as a result of growth and replacement demand. This growth is driven by an expansion in the health and social care workforce and smaller growth in construction linked to projects as well as an ageing workforce.


It is always worth getting a degree or improving your skills.

By 2022 it is anticipated there will be a shift to higher level occupations requiring increasing numbers of individuals with degree or equivalent qualifications and skills. It is expected 44% of the demand for employment will be at degree or equivalent by 2022 and 15.9% will be at higher degree or doctorate level. (Source: Black Country Area Review January 2017)


Here are our four best career recommendations for the Black Country.

You could work in Manufacturing – especially High Value Manufacturing (HVM)

Over 66,000 people in the Black Country work in manufacturing. That’s about 13% of the workforce.

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills has been set up to help you into a career in manufacturing:

The National College for High Speed Rail has a campus in the Black Country

If you would like a job at the College as it grows their jobs are advertised here:


You could work in Retail

Nearly 90,000 people in the Black Country work in retail. That’s about 20% of the workforce. The two main shopping centres are the Mander Centre in Wolverhampton and the New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich.


You could work in Education or Health

Education and health are both popular career options in the Black Country with a range of professional and associate professional & technical jobs. More than140,000 people work in either health, education or other public services across the Black Country making up over 28% of the workforce. Many of these jobs require teachers or nurses/doctors which are graduate entry jobs however these were the most in-demand jobs in 2016 that you didn’t need a degree for:

Vacancies at Walsall NHS Trust, Dudley NHS Trust and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust:

Over 2,000 people work for the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust providing Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Healthcare.

Jobs at University at Wolverhampton:


or you could work in Financial and business services

More than 60,000 people work in finance and business services across the Black Country which is about 15% of the workforce.

These are the most in-demand finance and business jobs across the Black Country since the beginning of 2018.


More information

For regular news updates on the Black Country Labour market visit:


Information about skills training in the six Further Education Colleges across the Black Country can be found here:


Job Market Information

Black Country Skills Factory have produced some detailed Labour Market Intelligence for the area, which you can view by visiting: