The land of Coronation Street, Oasis and world class football - but what more does Manchester offer? Here’s our ultimate guide to living and working in the city.
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In the famous words of Stone Roses’ lead singer, Ian Brown: “Manchester’s got everything except a beach.” So if you’re a marine fanatic, turn away now, because the one thing Manchester is not known for is its proximity to coastal regions. But if you’re looking for myriad employment opportunities, a vibrant culture, affordable cost of living and a good dose of edginess, then Manchester is the place for you.
Yes it may be a bit drizzly and it’s not big on greenery, but Manchester offers so much for someone seeking an exciting place to live and work after graduation. And there’ll be no shortage of places to go for a curry, that’s for sure.
Outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest hubs for employment and investment. Between 2010-15, there were 14,000 jobs created in the professional centre in the city, and big name companies are increasingly turning to the Northern powerhouse for investment and opportunities.
Outside of London, Manchester is becoming one of the biggest hubs for employment and investment
They’ve got MediaCity, home to the BBC and ITV, so for anyone interested in a career in broadcast media you couldn’t be in a better place. More of the sciencey type? There’s Manchester Science Park, home to over 120 innovative businesses. So basically Manchester is home to a tonne of innovation, and is attracting exciting new business ventures all the time. In fact, Manchester has one of the fastest growing job rates in the country.
So if you’re starting to wonder what kind of companies you could be working for in Manchester, we’ve got a few examples to get you going.
Virgin Media’s Manchester office is one of its busiest hubs and, in it’s own words, is designed to be ‘the daddy of all contact centres’. It’s home to the business’ customer service, complaint handling and social media customer support, as well as Business Sales and Field Operations. It’s an exciting and dynamic place to work, and also home to the company’s training programme.
Barclays’ Wealth and Investment Management office is based in the city, offering banking services, planning, investment solutions, and financing options. In this office you would be advising clients on how best to invest their wealth, prepare for the future and borrow funds.
Other companies, such as Costain, BT Cables, and Network Rail also have operations in Manchester.
Cost of living
It’ll come as no surprise that the cost of living in a Northern city like Manchester is far cheaper than the likes of London. In fact research has found that it’s a whole 30% cheaper here than in the capital, meaning that if you’re looking to save some pennies, there’s no better place to be.
You’ll be pleased to know that a pint of beer is on average £1 cheaper than a pint in London. You’ll be looking at just under £1,000 a month for accommodation in the city, and you’ll be paying under £4 a pint at your after work drinks. It’s one of the cheapest cities in the UK and still at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene – what more could you want?
Manchester is a whole 30% cheaper than the capital
In the North you’re never too far from sprawling countryside. In Manchester you’ll be close to the Lancashire countryside and Pennines, so what the city might lack in inner-city green spaces, it certainly makes up for with some stunning beauty right on its doorstep.
Not only that, but the entire world is on your doorstep, as Manchester’s airport is the third busiest in the UK, with direct flights to hundreds of destinations.
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