Yorkshire and the Humber: employment overview

Humber bridge300Yorkshire and the Humber is home to the Bronte Sisters as well as everyone’s favourite roast beef accompaniment: the Yorkshire Pudding!

The region has come a long way since its coal mining days, and now hosts the UK’s largest financial district along with one of its fastest growing digital sectors.

Digital, media and beyond
Just beating Leeds, the Humber is currently leading the way as one of the fastest growing digital sectors outside of London; it has an anticipated 7% growth in digital and creative industries over the next 5 years.

Rings a bell but…
what’s actually there?
Key towns and citiesLeeds, Sheffield, Kingston upon Hull, York, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Bradford, Ripon, Wakefield, Doncaster, Halifax, Huddersfield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Kirklees, Calderdale, Selby, Harrogate, Ryedale.Counties
West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire

Anything else I might know?
The Yorkshire Dales National Park – a beautiful collection of river valleys with extensive cave systems across the area some of which are open for cave tours.

In 2009 Bradford became the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, recognising the city’s rich film heritage. It’s also where you will find the National Media Museum, with eight floors of free galleries about the internet, television, animation and photography. It’s a great place to start exploring your options for a career in media.

Money, that’s what I want
The banking, insurance, professional and business services sector employs around 248,000 people in Leeds alone, and together they account for 19% of total employment in the city.

Many of the big names in banking are based in the region, with Direct Line and First Direct both based in Leeds, Provident Financial and Yorkshire Building Society in Bradford and HSBC in Sheffield.

Wind farms and renewable energy
The offshore wind industry is one of the most significant employment growth sectors in the Humber. E.ON‘s Humber Gateway Wind Farm is an offshore wind farm under construction 8 km off the coast of Grimsby. Due to be complete in spring 2015, there will be recruitment and training for many on and offshore positions.

In March 2014, engineering giant Siemens announced that they plan to build a major wind turbine production factory on the banks of the Humber, and the £160m investment into Green Port Hull at the city’s Alexandra Docks will create up to 1000 jobs in the area.

Did you know?

  • York Minster took 250 years to build and was blessed in 1472. It contains England’s largest body of medieval stained glass, which includes the great east window – measuring up at a whopping 186 square metres, it’s believed to be the largest area of stained glass in the world!
  • Many wealthy people considered York to be a less polluted more elegant alternative to the capital in the 18th century and evidence of this can be seen in all the grand Georgian houses in the area.
  • Guy Fawkes, the conspirator behind the infamous failed attack on parliament in 1604 known as the Gunpowder Plot, was born in York. People still burn effigies of ‘Guy’ on Bonfire Night.
  • In 2007, two metal detectorists discovered the Harrogate hoard, a 10th-century Viking treasure chest, near Harrogate. The hoard holds nearly 700 coins and further items from as far afield as Afghanistan. The loot was pronounced by the British Museum as the most significant discovery of its sort in Britain for 150 years.
  • The Humber Bridge a 2200 metre long suspension bridge is the 7th longest of its kind in the world. It held the record as the longest for 16 years during the 1980s and 90s!

We’re all going on a… Yorkshire holiday
Yorkshire is a tourist hot spot: visitors can enjoy the magnificent and deeply historical attractions of York, and the Georgian grandeur and ancient abbeys of Harrogate (which, incidentally, was also voted the happiest place to live in 2013). Yorkshire’s visitors generate around £4 billion per annum and create plenty of job opportunities.

Yorkshire’s 1,000 square miles of National Parks make up about 20% of the region, and business in the surrounding area generates around 35,000 jobs.

If you’re a budding pilot or flight attendant then Jet2’s main base is at Leeds Bradford airport and their head office is in Leeds city centre. The airline employs over 3000 people who carry passengers to locations all over Europe.

Food and drink
Being the UK’s biggest food producer means that Yorkshire and the Humber is home to some of the world’s biggest companies in the industry. Food and drink is the region’s second largest sector with more than 15,000 food and drink companies based in Yorkshire alone.

Furthermore, the 3rd and 4th biggest supermarket chains in the UK are located in Yorkshire. Morrisons’ head office is located in Bradford, and Asda is just down the road in Leeds. Both companies offer a wide range of career choices and have recognised apprenticeships and graduate schemes.

There are also plenty of other well-known brands providing opportunities in the area, such as Nestle, Heinz, Coca-Cola, Young’s, McCain and Warburtons. The region is also home to a large concentration of breweries – including global brands like Carlsberg- and produces around a third of the UK’s beer. These companies all operate effectively with large finance and marketing teams that thrive by taking on fresh, young talent.

Keeping you connected
The region is home to some of the country’s biggest Internet Service Providers with Plusnet, BT, Sky and Virgin Media are all major employers in the area.

What’s more, BT also announced in early March 2014 that they intend to take on an additional 730 apprentices this year. There will be opportunities in engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics for ambitious school and college leavers. BT have also said they plan to take on 1500 vocational training and work experience placements over the coming year and a half for 18-24 year olds in an initiative backed by the Princes Trust.