Greater Manchester encompasses a population of 2.8 million and is the 2nd most populous built-up conurbation in the United Kingdom (UK Census, 2011). It comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford.

Greater Manchester is a major UK recruitment market and, is also hugely competitive. In addition to the main UK recruitment players, there's a hugely vibrant regional recruitment market so the opportunities for talented recruiters to develop their careers are numerous.

The Greater Manchester economy generates over £56 billion of gross value added (GVA) on an annual basis, outperforming the North East, West Yorkshire, Merseyside, and accounting for nearly 40% of GVA in the entire North West of England.

Some key facts include:

  • c.1.4 million people work in Greater Manchester in around 105,000 businesses.
  • Around 110,000 additional jobs are forecast within Greater Manchester for the period 2014–24 by the Greater Manchester Economic Forecasting Model (GMFM).
  • With annual growth forecasts of 2.8% up to 2024 (GMFM), it's a vibrant, growing economy and a fantastic place to develop your recruitment career. In terms of key employment sectors, a recent study by Visit Manchester shows;
  • Business, Financial & Professional Services: Outside of London,
    Greater Manchester is the UK’s 2nd biggest centre for this sector employing 324,000 people and generating £16.2 billion of GVA annually.
  • Health & Social Care' employs 177,000 people generating annual GVA of £4.2 billion.
  • Creative & Digital: Greater Manchester has the largest creative and digital clusters in the UK, employing 63,500 people and generating GVA of £3.1 billion each year.
  • Manufacturing as a whole employs nearly one-in-ten residents in Greater Manchester (123,000). Around 54,000 people are working in advanced manufacturing, which generates £3.9 billion of GVA every year.

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Sport, Tourism and Hospitality sectors are other major employment sectors across the region and all are showing strong employment growth trends.

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