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?
- 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.
Bradford is one city covering four towns - Shipley, Keighley, Bingley 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.
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:
- Yorkshire Building Society
- Gordons LLP
- Kelda Water
- Provident Finance Group
- Ecology Building Society
- JCT 600
- NG Bailey
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:
- Radio design based in Shipley, they were nominated for a Queens award for engineering innovation in 2011.
- Emerald leading independent publishers of global research based in Bingley and with offices worldwide.
- Webanywhere based in Keighley and with over 100 employees based in the USA and Poland.
- Knightsbridge Furniture
- Klinger sealing products for oil, gas, chemical industries
- Optima Legal
- Seabrook Crisps
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):
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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
- Bradford District Labour Market (Bradford Council).
- Invest in Bradford for attracting new businesses to Bradford plus some really useful local labour market information.
- Yorkshire Graduates career sector information.
- Bradford Chamber of Commerce lots of local information but some is only available to members.
- Bradford Graduates (Unistats - information on employment outcomes for graduates).
The national picture
- Prospects has useful information on specific job roles.
- The Job Crowd have a breakdown of graduate careers by sector, with information on employers, job reviews, salary expectations and more.
- See HECSU's research into graduate careers.
- What Do Graduates Do? 2017: a comprehensive report on graduate destinations.
- The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for the production of a wide range of economic and social statistics. Whilst this type of information is useful, it can be difficult to wade through sites such as this to obtain information that is pertinent to one particular person.
- The Federation for Industry Skills and Standards is a good starting point as a gateway to the 18 Sector Skills Councils in the UK who cover a wide range of occupations.
- Warwick University's Institute for Employment Research break down future trends by sector.
- icould provides a useful breakdown of labour market information by UK region.
- 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.