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Graduate labour market

Typical questions students ask about the graduate labour market include:

  • What are typical starting salaries of graduates? 
  • Where are vacancies located for the type of work I'm interested in? 
  • What are the regional differences in the graduate labour market?
  • What are the latest trends in graduate recruitment?

You can find the answers to these questions, and more, in the Prospects What Do Graduates Do? 2016‌, with further information at the prospects.ac.uk website.

Bradford graduates

  • The Statistical Analysis of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015-16 gives a detailed breakdown of recent graduate destinations- please email Daniel Penn for a copy of the report.
  • There is a range of student and graduates' stories on our case studies pages.
  • You can also find out more about Bradford graduates on the Unistats website.

Labour Market Information

The information below gives an overview of the labour market of Bradford, the Leeds City Region and nationally to help students and graduates plan for their careers based on the opportunities that are available.

About Bradford

Bradford is one city covering four towns - Shipley, KeighleyBingley and Bradford. Within the four towns are 70 neighbourhoods and over half a million people. There are 15,000 businesses and an economy worth £8.3 billion, which is the 11th largest in the UK. Bradford is placed fifth for manufacturing and has branded itself the Producer City.

In Bradford, the biggest employers are the City Of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, the University of Bradford, Bradford College and the NHS which between them employ around 1 in 3 employees.

Morrisons also employ around 5000 people in Bradford, including at its headquarters in Thornbury.

The largest single sector is retail which employs 1 in 10 workers, and the opening of the Broadway retail and leisure development in November 2015 has added an estimated 2500 jobs in this area.  

Here's an overview of the Bradford District Labour Market.

Note: The bigger the employer, the more opportunities on offer and increased chances that a job might come up.

Key companies in Bradford

Some key companies in Bradford district include

Many of these companies have offered job opportunities for Bradford graduates so are well worth investigating.

There are also some smaller Bradford-based companies that are worth considering, including:

Remember, most graduates wanting to work in Bradford will follow the direct job entry route and work their way up, so you should also consider small and medium sized companies.

Leeds City Region

Information about Leeds City Region (reproduced with the kind permission of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership):

Construction Quick facts      Sector overview
Digital and creative Quick facts Sector overview
Finance and business Quick facts Sector overview
Food and drink Quick facts Sector overview
Health and social care Quick facts Sector overview
Health and life sciences Quick facts Pending
Hospitality and tourism Quick facts Sector overview
Logistics and transport Quick facts Sector overview
Low carbon Quick facts Sector overview
Advanced Manufacturing Quick facts Sector overview

Case studies from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Finding out more

Below are some links to further information about the labour market, both locally and nationally:

Bradford and the region

The national picture

  • See also our related information about gaining and demonstrating commercial awareness - skills and knowledge that can help you identify suitable jobs, assist you during the application process and inform your decision making in the role itself.