One in Seven Welsh Workers in Management Role as Manual Jobs Decrease

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One in Seven Welsh Workers in Management Role as Manual Jobs Decrease


Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Western Mail

The number of workers in Wales winning top management posts has increased dramatically, new figures show. More than one in seven jobs held across the nation is now a well-paid role, with some professions expanding by up to 80% within five years.

Around 200,000 people now hold white-collar positions, estimates the Wales Management Council, as we move from working with machines to people. Between 2001 and 2006 senior posts rose by more than 15% and manual jobs dropped by 5%.

And the statistics, released by the Welsh Assembly Government, show:

More women are breaking into managerial roles; and

There has been a bigger rise in the number of people reaching senior positions in Wales than across the UK as a whole.

But last night a leading economic expert warned that the rise of management positions in the public sector - Wales' biggest employer - may not be sustainable as the public purse strings are tightened.

Dr Calvin Jones, of the Welsh Economy Research Unit at Cardiff Business School, said, "The data reveal that of the top six fastest growing occupations in Wales five of them are largely 'public service' in nature.

"If this report in fact reinforces the picture of Wales as a region where employment growth has in large part been driven by public sector activity, it raises serious questions about the sustainability of these increases, with far tighter budget settlements on the way, and also about the dynamism of the Welsh economy in general."

The Statistics on Job Quality in Wales 2001 to 2006 report shows the nation is narrowing the historic gap with England with 11.6% of jobs in Wales now management or senior official posts, compared with 14.4% for the whole of the UK and 12.9% for the UK excluding London and the south east of England.

Between 2001 and 2006 numbers of senior jobs rose by 16% in Wales compared to an 11% rise for the UK as a whole.

In the same period blue collar and sales jobs fell by just under 5% in Wales and by 5% for the UK. …

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