BRICKLAYERS, butchers and welders are so sought after, ministers are considering a call to open our borders to cheap migrant labour.
But the demand from the Migration Advisory Committee has been criticised by some job experts, who say there are 2.7million jobless Brits ready to be trained up.
To fill the skills gap and reverse Covid job losses, the Government has promised free college courses equivalent to A levels.
Here is how you can snap up these vital jobs now . . .
Chop, chop. The average age of butchers is 56 so demand for young trainees is high and there are more than 400 vacancies nationwide.
Salaries vary from £16,000 to more than £30,000 but the average is £27,000. See tastycareers.org.uk/ job-descriptions/butchery-butcher.
With almost 1,000 vacancies around the country, and an average salary of £30,000, becoming a brickie could build you a very secure future.
But 99 per cent of those in the job are men so trade bodies are keen to attract more women.
Lay the foundations with an apprenticeship or Level 2 Diploma in bricklaying. You will usually spend your first three months hod-carrying, before moving to more skilled jobs. See tradeskillsguru.co.uk/ bricklaying-qualifications.
Spark up a whole new career for yourself. A current construction boom, after the hold-ups of lock-down, means welders are in high demand, with more than 1,700 advertised vacancies.
You will need to have completed an apprenticeship or trade quali-fication, such as a Level 2 Award in Welding Skills, Level 2 Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice and Level 3 Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology.
The average pay is £26,000 a year. See nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ job-profiles/welder