Access To Talent

One of the primary reasons why companies invest in Manchester is the city’s local talent quality and availability.

Manchester’s central geographical location puts it at the heart of the Northern labour market, giving businesses in the city access to one of Europe’s largest commuter workforces. With 7.2 million within a one-hour travel time of the city centre, companies operating out of Manchester can also access talent in strong neighbouring cities such as Leeds and Liverpool. As well as having the largest travel-to-work catchment area of any regional UK city, more than 2.8 million people live within the city region and the working age population is just under 1.8 million.

Find out how MIDAS can help your business develop a quality workforce in Manchester, get in touch with the team today.


Skilled and Diverse City

Manchester is unique in that it has strengths in numerous core industries and sectors, offering companies that are new to or expanding in the city region a large quantity of high-quality potential employees.

The city’s distinctive geography of concentrated industry clusters has helped develop a varied, qualified, skilled and sustainable labour pool.

Manchester is also an incredibly multicultural city and boasts more than 200 languages spoken, the UK’s highest number of overseas students and almost 230,000 foreign professionals in the North West region.

Net Importer of Talent

The city is recognised as being a leading European business destination across a number of industries and is fast becoming a magnet for attracting international talent.

Manchester is the Best UK City to Live (The Economist, 2019) and its outstanding quality of life offer has led it to become second in the world for attracting talent from London – only New York City attracts more people per year (LinkedIn Talent Insights, 2019).

Graduate Talent

More than 100,000 students are enrolled across the city region’s five universities, which produce around 36,000 high quality graduates every year.

More than 60% of graduates who study in the North West stay in the area to work – 46% specifically in Manchester – providing businesses with a sustainable pool of graduate talent.

Supported by the city region’s five universities and a strong civic focus on developing the future talent pipeline, Manchester is rich in the talent and specialist skills that every business needs to thrive.

Manchester has one of the largest and most diverse student populations in Europe across five universities, allowing businesses to tap into an emerging talent pipeline.

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