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Jobs in Manchester – what do people want?

Published: Monday 11th January 2021

Covid-19 continues to affect jobs in Manchester and the rest of the UK. The city had one of the strongest and fastest-growing economies outside of London before the pandemic. Large sectors in tech, media, finance and biotechnology were thriving, whilst retail and human health were also emerging as important employers in the region.

Aerial view of manchester to show the different types of jobs in manchester

Despite ongoing uncertainty, Manchester City Council is providing hope on how the city can move forward. Sir Richard Lee, leader of Manchester City Council, is positive the city can fight back. He said, “Manchester has both the foundations and building blocks in place to re-establish its previous momentum as the UK’s premier growth city. As well as an array of business talent, we have a pipeline of game-changing projects with the potential to power the recovery.”

Nursing and project management jobs lead the way

Covid-19 is affecting every aspect of our society, and recruitment is no different. More people are looking for work and the types of work they are looking for is changing. The NHS remains the UK biggest employer, with approximately 1.7 million employees in the UK. Therefore, it is perhaps no surprise that the most searched job on Zoek in 2020 was a career in nursing. Nursing jobs offer excellent long-term prospects and security and exist in many different locations and contract types. However, qualified nurses remain in demand despite such popularity. There are currently 40,000 nursing jobs available on Zoek across every location, sector and seniority. Regionally, there are more than 2,000 nursing jobs on Zoek in Manchester alone.

Medical professionals in line to show the many different nursing jobs in Manchester.

Project management jobs closely follow nursing roles in popularity. People are often surprised these positions are so popular. Furthermore, demand by businesses for skilled project managers remains high. The role is found across all industries and has grown in importance thanks to globalisation and digitisation. As such, there remains a strong need for project management professionals in Manchester and the UK. There are approximately 1,000 project management-related jobs currently advertised on Zoek. These roles cover a wide range of seniority, experience and education requirements.

Low-skilled jobs rise in popularity

Positions such as warehouse work, driving and customer services are the next most searched jobs on Zoek. There are many reasons why these positions have grown in popularity. However, Covid-19 is likely the biggest influence right now. Many people have been forced to quickly look for new work. This has led to demand for roles offering immediate start and not requiring extensive training.

Man working on laptop at home with cat on lap to show the many remote working jobs in Manchester.

The increase in online retail has also led to higher demand for drivers and warehouse workers in the UK. This has helped further drive the popularity of these roles. There are roughly 1,000 warehouse jobs in Manchester on Zoek. Driving jobs continue to grow in number. Zoek now has around 1,800 driving jobs in Manchester on Zoek. These include home delivery driver positions for large retail companies such as Tesco and Amazon. Customer services continue to be an important sector in the UK. Many customer service jobs are also now offering remote/flexible working options. This has led to an increase in the popularity of these roles. There are currently more than 2,500 customer service-related jobs available in Manchester on Zoek.

Remote working options growing

The pandemic and lockdown have forced many companies to work remotely. Whilst difficult at first, an increasing number are realising it can be done. Employees are also discovering they can work remotely and now want to continue. As such, there is both a growing demand for jobs offering remote working and an increase in the number of companies offering this.

There are roughly 4,500 online working jobs on Zoek for the UK. With over 800 remote working jobs in Manchester. Working from home jobs have traditionally been found in areas such as education, sales, writing and customer service. And many jobs still exist in these areas. However, other roles are now offering the option to work from home. These include jobs in marketing and PR, travel & tourism and IT development.

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