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21,241 Jobs in Leigh

Leigh is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, in the north-west of England. It is located approximately 7-miles south-east of Wigan and 10-miles west of Manchester. The town has a population of around 53,000, with the wider Wigan region home to roughly 320,000 residents.
Once famous as an important coal mining and textile manufacturing area, the region now boasts a variety of growing sectors, with an increasing number of employers and jobs found in and around Leigh. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and features a Country Park, canal and various leisure, retail and food & drink outlets. Keep reading to learn more about working in Leigh, including emerging sectors and important employers in the area.

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Thanks to the region’s central location and proximity to major cities such as Liverpool and Manchester, there are often many working opportunities in Leigh and the surrounding region. There are approximately 12,500 businesses operating in the area. These range from small local start-ups to large, international manufacturers. Sectors that provide many jobs in and around Leigh include food manufacturing and engineering, while a number of emerging industries are appearing. This includes environmental technology, which is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the area.

There are many reasons why you should consider working in Leigh. The region is strategically located between Liverpool and Manchester, giving it easy access to important road, rail and air networks. As such, many residents commute out of Leigh to these cities for work. Excellent local rail links mean you can be in either Liverpool or Manchester in just 30-minutes, whilst central London is just 2-hours away by train.

Despite such proximity to the major cities, the town and larger area offer a relaxing work/life balance. This is helped by over 70% of the Wigan borough being green open spaces. Other benefits to the region include historic local towns, stunning stately homes, good schools, shopping and affordable housing.

The region has a strong, varied local economy. As such, jobs in Leigh can often be found in many different industries. The majority of employers in Leigh are considered micro in size, meaning they have less than nine employees. However, a number of medium and large-sized companies (those employing more than 250 people) do exist.

Manufacturing continues to remain one of the biggest employers in Leigh, particularly in the food & drink sector. However, a number of ‘new’ sectors are providing jobs in and around Leigh, including digital, creative, environment and professional services. The largest private sector companies in the area include Heinz, AB World Foods and Arrow XL. Many people working in Leigh can also be found in the public sector. These include Wigan Council, the NHS and Wigan & Leigh College.