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Employment And Recruitment In Manchester

Manchester offers a vast number of career prospects in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK. It is commonly referred to as the ‘second city' or the ‘capital of the North', along with these labels comes a number of jobs and careers in different sectors enhanced by plenty of entertainment and cultural activities.

Historically Manchester was known for its industrial nature, as it was the first industrialised city and played a central role during the Industrial revolution. Although it has retained its original charm and still has a number of career opportunities within the industrial sector, it now boasts career options in a number of alternative sectors e.g. Retail and Public Sector. Manufacturers who are still major employers in the region include T & N, Renold, Coats Viyella and Cirqual.

Manchester is the UK's largest economic region outside London. Many major law firms such as Halliwells also have offices in Manchester providing a number of career opportunities. These high profile jobs may not be as well paid as the jobs in London but it is important to acknowledge that the cost of living is also not as high as the extortionate costs in London. The world's largest consumer owned business is also based in Manchester, known as The Co-operative Group and as such offers major employment in the city.

Manchester is an appealing city to live and work due to its excellent transport connections. Manchester is renowned for its motorways; in fact it claims a quarter of the nation's motorway miles. This enables the city to be well connected to other part of the area such as Liverpool, Chester, Warrington and Preston, while Leeds and Birmingham are both easily assessable.

Manchester is serviced by two railway stations both located within the city centre (Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly), these stations provide direct rail connections to all major cities within hours. The city also boasts excellent Metro links and essential core bus routes. Manchester has an efficient tram system, train stations with good connections throughout the city and an integral road network making the commute to and from work as stress free as possible!

Individuals looking for a job within the retail sector will find many opportunities in Manchester as it is considered to be the shopping capital of the Northwest. Within the city centre there is a unique mix of high street chains, exclusive fashion stores and individual companies and traders. These retail shops are based mainly in two large shopping centres: the famous Arndale centre and the Triangle shopping centre, with the more exclusive shops being located in King Street and around Deansgate. There are further retailing jobs in the Trafford Centre which is located in an out of town location in the borough of Trafford. There are numerous career opportunities to be found within the complex as there are over 230 stores and 55 restaurants. Job options range from sales assistants, managers and chefs to merchandising, warehouse and waiting staff.

It's also important to mention that Manchester is one of the biggest financial centres in Europe, where over 60 banks and financial institutions employ over 15,000 professionals making Manchester a Mecca for financial industry employees from around the world.

Manchester also hosts a vast number of recruitment agencies to help people to look for careers and jobs within the city. Connections Employment Agency Ltd, Jobwise Ltd and Forrest Recruitment Agency are all North West based agencies which will endeavour to find temporary and permanent roles across the region including administration, call centre, customer service, sales, secretarial, telesales and accounts, depending on individuals skills and professions.

Whichever career path you which to take, Manchester provides an abundance of opportunities within a lively and trendy environment, forming the cultural heart of the Northwest.

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