Manchester city region offers a high quality workforce of 7.2 million people within an hour’s commute of the city centre. Recognised by the government as one of the UK’s “Science Cities”, Manchester has a distinctive geography of concentrated clusters containing a varied, qualified, skilled and sustainable labour pool.
While other cities can claim high levels of talent and skills in certain sectors, Manchester is unique in having a large quantity and quality of potential employees across a wide range of different industries, including ICT, bio-science, medical devices, creative, new media and digital, aviation, food, logistics and financial & professional services.
Outside London, Manchester provides the best ease of recruiting qualified staff – the most important factor in investment decisions as found by Cushman & Wakefield’s UK Cities Monitor 2008. With five universities offering world-class higher education to over 100,000 students at any one time, recruitment and retention of high quality staff is guaranteed. A further 18 universities and HE institutions are within an hour’s drive of the city, broadening the scope for recruitment.
Employers can be assured that one quarter of the labour pool is educated to degree level with many higher education institutions and colleges offering vast ranges of practical training and vocational courses to match recruitment needs.
With an influx of international students and foreign nationals, Manchester’s diverse labour pool continues to grow, offering many multilingual capabilities that add global value to businesses at a realistic cost.
The city region’s dynamic, international and cosmopolitan nature is testimony to what opportunities the city region can offer, coupled with a multi modal transport infrastructure, keeping the workforce flexible and mobile.
Providing excellent standards of living, affordable housing and first-rate facilities in and outside of the working environment, Manchester is sure to keep the labour force satisfied.