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Manchester – an increasingly prominent careers destination

Written by Kimberley Startup | November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
Map of United KingdomFor those firms looking for a well-trained workforce and plentiful business opportunities, as well as for those interested in a rewarding career, there can be few more attractive cities than Manchester, which is now a very real rival to London in terms of its cosmopolitan atmosphere and world-beating culture. Clients of the recruitment agency Webrecruit ( may also be intrigued to learn about the city’s resurgent economy that brings opportunities in a vast range of sectors.
Manchester may have strong historical links with the textiles industry, but the North West city’s economy is now predominantly service-based, as well as one of the UK’s fastest growing. Such major activities as financial and professional services, life science industries, manufacturing, communications and creativity, culture and the media were all pinpointed in Manchester’s State of the City Report, while the city has also been ranked in the past as one of the best places in the UK and Europe to do business.
One definite sign of Manchester’s diversity as a staff recruitment destination is the city’s list of major employers. Finance recruitment is regularly undertaken by the likes of Deloitte, Rothschild and RBS Group, and the more than 96,300 people employed in banking, finance and insurance in the city made it the UK’s fifth-largest financial centre outside London as of 2008. Fast gaining a reputation as the Canary Wharf of the North is Spinningfields, a large new business, retail and residential development between Deansgate and the River Irwell. It is here where the Royal Bank of Scotland set up its new headquarters.
Recruitment companies are also active in IT in Manchester, where there are many firms specialising in such fields as web design, SEO and online PR. Indeed, Manchester also offers many opportunities in design and publishing, with the media presence only set to expand with the arrival of the BBC at Salford Quays. Such new developments as MediaCityUK, the Etihad Campus development, NOMA and Atlantic Gateway also indicate that Manchester is a good place to recruit staff in construction.
Other fields of recruitment strength include sport, with the major football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United being based here. Umbro and Reebok were both founded nearby, while Adidas has a UK head office in Stockport and a national distribution warehouse in Trafford Park, opposite Salford Quays. Food and drink is another strong sector in Manchester, which is home to various restaurants, bars and clubs in addition to food manufacturing companies like McVitie’s on Stockport Road and Kellogg’s in Trafford Park.
Finally, those looking for employment in academia also have many institutions to choose from, such as the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Royal Northern College of Music. Companies in or around Manchester looking to run a successful online recruitment campaign, or candidates eager to find that next big career opportunity, are welcome to contact Webrecruit ( for informed recruitment services and advice.

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