Manchester is one of the UK’s emerging cities. The Greater Manchester area has been growing steadily since 2007 and is one of the UK’s fastest-growing regions from the credit crunch recession. It is the second-largest functional financial region outside of London and has a growth rate almost twice that of the majority of urban areas in the UK. The expansion was fueled by large-scale investments in service industries, particularly the financial sector. Some of the large companies with offices and large employee bases in the Manchester area are Vodafone, the BBC, Thomas Cook, The Guardian, Kellogs, ITV, and the obnoxious Internet ogre Google.
Between them, they offer a plethora of job opportunities. However, Manchester’s appeal to job seekers is that there are many other industries as well. The primary sector is the financial sector, banking, and insurance, but other opportunities are available in retail and telesales in particular. Manchester is a center of excellence for the service sector, including logistics. The latter is natural as Manchester is at the heart of the UK’s transport network with motorways and rail links radiating in all four cardinal directions. Some highly specialized niche industries have focused on this area, for example, biotechnology and environmental technology, perhaps due to the presence of the Manchester Institute of Technology (MIT), which produces many scientific and technically qualified experts.
On a human scale rather than an economic scale, the city and its surroundings are cosmopolitan, and the cultural scene is flourishing. The latter has attracted creatives to the city – check out any search engine, and you’ll find pages from advertising agencies and other creative businesses based here. These include digital, and print advertising, packaging design, marketing, media … the list goes on! So it’s not an ideal field for technical job search, but also those on the other end of the coin looking for creative jobs. Looking at the available positions, I found an unusually high number (well, it seemed high to me) for linguists too – the travel industry needed Polish speakers; a car rental company needed someone who spoke excellent Norwegian, and there were French-speaking openings in the business!
Remenuration / Salary
Salaries in Greater Manchester vary widely. For telesales and basic retail jobs, it’s only 12,000, but you don’t have to look far for well-paying management and technical jobs that offer 40-50,000 and more. So, in other words, there is something for everyone, depending on their skills and experience.
How to find a job in Manchester
Online is an excellent place to start. It will save you a lot of time and several bus fares! There are thousands of jobs advertised on the usual websites like gumtree, Monster, and fish4. But an excellent site for job seekers is Reeds, a national recruiting agency because you can see how many others have applied for the jobs that interest you. For creative positions, check out “The Drum,” and don’t forget to check out Guardian’s jobs pages as well.
But before you even get started, you should revamp your resume. It’s best to leave that to the professionals who, after exploring the type of job you’re looking for, can give you an edge over others. They will advise you on the best kind of CV (yes, there are several effective ways to present a CV) and use your skills and experience to present yourself in a very positive light. You, after all, are an amateur in the field, unless of course, you are in HR!