Fancy a creative culture and community
spirit to go with your brand new job? Then think Manchester… with
its thriving digital 'scene', friendly people and fantastic
Often job hunters are attracted to
the bright lights of London. However, the cost of living in the
capital can be very expensive, and many people are now looking for
different places to experience all that city life has to offer.
A great option to consider
is Manchester and the
Gone are the days of the industrial
and grim north. The Northwest and its capital, Manchester, is a
fantastic place to work and play for professionals of any age. It's
definitely not grim up north - in fact in many ways the standard of
living is much better.
A recent study found that people in
the North are happier than their Southern counterparts.
Stockport was awarded second place in the recent 'happiest
places to live' study, whilst London boroughs were found to be the
It is a well-known fact that
London's housing prices are already ridiculously expensive, and the
figures are always increasing. This means that starting out on the
housing ladder can prove difficult or virtually impossible, and you
may feel that your salary goes on pricey rent costs in an area that
is far from ideal.
In Manchester and the Northwest,
the housing situation is very different. The rental market is
easily affordable both inside and out of the city.
The Northwest has been
praised as a great place for first time buyers with the
average house price under £160,000.
The most popular areas, close to
Manchester city centre, are Chorlton and Didsbury. Both suburban
places are popular for cosmopolitan, café like culture and
traditional housing on offer.
If you wish to live further afield,
then Lancashire and Cheshire are perfect
places for country living. There are plenty of quaint villages and
towns, perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city
So, does Manchester have
the same job security as London and the South?
Well, Manchester is a growing
economy, and its surrounding areas such as Cheshire West and
Chester are viewed as emerging communities to watch for
Manchester has big ambitions, with
an amazing 40,000 new jobs forecast by 2015. In particular, its
digital and creative scenes are thriving - so much so, the industry
has a skills
shortage and urgently requires talented professionals to
fill the gap.
In addition, MediaCityUK has put
Manchester firmly on the map as a leading international hub for the
creative and digital sectors, and a vibrant destination to live,
work and play.
The BBC's decision to relocate a
number of departments to Salford's MediaCityUK was one of
the most famous 'Go North' moves to date, and has been a great
success. MediaCityUK is the new home to the BBC, ITV, SIS,
University of Salford, Lowry Outlet Shopping and over 80 small
Manchester is a force to be
Well, it is of course important to
maintain a work life balance, and Manchester and the Northwest has
much on offer to keep you busy outside of the office.
There are a fantastic array of
restaurants, cafes and sophisticated bars to appeal to any palette.
Enjoy fine dining at Michelin star restaurants or some tasty pub
grub at a child friendly gastro pub.
Shopping in Manchester is second to
none; there is so much fantastic choice available. There are the
sophisticated department stores; Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and
House of Fraser, to the independent boutiques of the Northern
The city is also a hub for Arts and
culture. Manchester is home to the Halle and Philharmonic
orchestras and the city is also host to a number of art galleries
There's always an
event or festival going on in Manchester, and something to
suit all, from the Manchester
International Festival in June to Manchester Food & Drink
Festival in October.
If you are a fan of watching sport
there are of course two global football teams that include
Manchester in their name, Manchester United and
Manchester City. The city
enjoys an influx of visitors from all over the world when there's a
major game being played and everyone loves the derby.
In addition, the Fylde coast, Lake and Peak Districts are a
mere stone's throw away and are perfect for a weekend away or day
trip. The Fylde Coast includes the seaside gem of Lytham St. Anne's
where you can enjoy the beach, boutiques and cafes of this glorious
Victorian seaside town. The Lake and Peak District's have the most
spectacular scenery and you can revel in many outdoor activities,
and sample the delights of scenic villages and towns.
So if you're looking for a friendly
place to live, that's full of culture and opportunity, then look no
further than the Northwest and the effortlessly cool atmosphere of
Manchester. Go North.
Have a browse of some
current jobs available here in the
Also, take a look at some of the
top reasons why agency professionals recommend Manchester and
our #GoNorth twitter campaign @thecandidateuk.