Working in Manchester

Luckily for you, you’re in the largest metropolitan area in the North of England…the northern powerhouse as some people say!

UK unemployment levels are dropping across the board, but Manchester has been a standout in the North for the past few years, with people flocking in droves from the surrounding counties. Manchester is the fastest growing city in the UK and home to hundreds of start-ups thanks to its vibrant culture. From a history of manufacturing and engineering, Manchester has grown and developed it’s working culture to become home to household brands like the BBC, ITV, Kelloggs, Boohoo and Missguided, amongst many others!

The creative and digital media sector is actually one of Manchester’s bigger employers, with over 60,000 people being employed in the creative industries. MediaCityUK in Salford is home to some of the industries giants, working right alongside creative start-ups and SMEs catering to the film industry.

Deciding where to work is a key factor in any search, and actually getting there is also another factor to consider. Fortunately, public transport in Manchester is pretty fantastic, with a sprawling and ever-growing tram network, alongside buses and trains. Driving and parking is possible, but the Mancunian Way is famous for being a bit of a nightmare and parking can be expensive (though most city centre car parks do offer daily parking deals!).

The City Centre is an obvious place to start your job search – home to thousands of businesses covering various niches. Many creative businesses are based in the city’s vibrant Northern Quarter – notable employers include Boohoo and the LadBible, alongside a myriad of bars, salons and shops. The Northern Quarter is centrally located close to Victoria Station, Piccadilly Station and tram stops on Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street.

If the professional services sector is more up your street, Spinningfields is home to leading law firms and banks, including Deloitte, DWF & Worldpay, with PWC set to move there later this year. Close to Deansgate station and tram stop, as well as Salford Central stations, Spinningfields is a bustling sector, with plenty of healthy and not-so-healthy (Hey Little Cupcake…) lunch options.

If you’re not convinced the city centre is for you, Greater Manchester is bursting with vibrant towns growing rapidly. Salford is barely a hop, skip and a jump from the city centre and is home to some industry titans like ITV, Missguided and Sodexo. Easily accessible by car, tram or taxi, Salford is an up and comer, shedding its old reputation in light of the fact it’s becoming home to Manchester’s creative and tech industries.

Towns like Bolton, Bury and Oldham are short drives from Manchester, but each have their own growing economies, with people flocking to the towns as the cost of living in Manchester gradually grows. Companies that have been in the area for years are supporting the local economies, with businesses like AO and Warburtons being leading employers in Greater Manchester.

Looking for a new job in such a bustling city might seem intimidating at first, but with so many prospects in so many industries, you’re bound to find something for you!

ManchesterRyan NoakesMCR, Work