Manchester, as one of its favourite sons, Stone Roses’ frontman Ian Brown once remarked, has everything but a beach.
Its renaissance from grimy post-industrial rain-sodden town to ‘northern powerhouse’ in little over 40 years is remarkable. Undefeated by recession, competition from the capital and even the IRA’s bombs, it strode into the 21st century with its Manc swagger, eye for innovation and self–belief intact.
The city leaders have maintained a firm vision over the years to see the home of the Industrial Revolution compete with similar-sized European destinations for both business and tourism and you have only to stroll around the city to see that they have achieved their dream and attracted investment and businesses from all over the world.
The amount of recent development in the city centre and surrounding areas such as Salford’s MediaCity is staggering and it’s all great news for job seekers. In fact, the Greater Manchester region represents the largest functional economic area outside London, with a population of 2.7 million and a gross added value of £54 billion.
So what are the key sectors recruiting in the Greater Manchester region at the moment? According to Manchester’s inward investment agency MIDAS, the region’s biggest sectors are financial and professional services (16.6%); manufacturing and engineering (16.1%); health (13%); retail (10.3%); education (8.5% – the home of the modern computer has the biggest student population in Europe) and creative and digital (7.7% – Manchester is the second largest hub for creative and digital companies in the whole of Europe).
Add to that hospitality – the city has an ever-growing number of hotels and restaurants to cater for business people and tourists plus the sports fans who flock to watch Manchester’s world-famous football teams.
Then there are the arts. Manchester prides itself on its cultural heritage and contribution to the arts, whether that’s its ground-breaking theatres, the world-famous Halle Orchestra, or the legacy of the Madchester music scene, the iconic Hacienda club and bands such as The Smiths. Just this month Home, a merger of two of the city’s most popular arts venues, the Library Theatre and The Cornerhouse, opened its shiny new doors. And, of course, the television industry has made Salford Quays its northern headquarters with both the BBC and ITV broadcasting from huge new centres at MediaCity as well as myriad other production companies and associated suppliers.
Having Manchester International Airport on its doorstep is major boost for the region, of course. And a growing source of employment. The airport, well-served by motorway, tram and rail links, is owned by the ten local authorities that make up Greater Manchester and the proposed £800m Airport City business development on 120 acres of land next to the airport promises the creation of around 12,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
The business destination will be complemented by a ‘world logistics hub’ offering a full range of air-to-road transfer and assembly and processing activities, and ‘MediPark’, a 200-acre business park for life sciences and pharmaceutical firms next to a large teaching hospital and planned international centre of medical research.
Plus, the planned HS2 rail development will cut the journey time from London to Manchester to just over an hour by 2032.
So if you are looking for jobs in Manchester there is a wealth of opportunity in many booming sectors. And as for that beach? Well, Blackpool is only half an hour away…
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