Where should you start your career? In focus: Liverpool
Originally earning its city status in 1880, Liverpool has since flourished into a hotbed of arts, entertainment, and fast-paced city living.
With its affordable housing and many job opportunities, this large city is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live and work in the north of England. This guide reveals employment, accommodation, and entertainment advice, so you can figure out if moving and finding a job in Liverpool is best for you.
Employment rates in Liverpool are down to a 7-year low, and currently stand at 1.5%, which is less than the national unemployment rate of 5.2%. Total Jobs state that the average graduate jobs salary in Liverpool is £23,000, which is just below the national average. A core sector in the city is manufacturing, which employs over 50,000 workers and contributes over £3.2 billion to the economy. Other major employment sectors are retail, creative and digital, financial and professional, and the health and education sectors. Graduate opportunities are plentiful, and you only have to glimpse at the major job search sites, such as Reed and Indeed, to see how many positions are available.
Liverpool is home to an extensive public transportation system which makes it affordable and easy to travel around. Public buses stop at major routes throughout the city and suburbs, plus trains operate in the area and make it possible to travel further afield without breaking the bank. You can find out more information about public transportation in Liverpool on the Merseyside Travel website. Taxis are readily available in the city center while Uber provides a cheaper way to travel from A to B by private car. Liverpool is served by Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is named after The Beetles singer and songwriter, John Lennon. Shuttle buses and National Express coaches links the airport to destinations in the city centre.
Dining and Accommodation
Rental rates are much lower than in many southern cities; Numbeo reveals that a one-bedroom flat in the city centre costs on average £571.99 a month while a one-bedroom apartment outside of the city center costs £454.58 a month. To cut costs, you may want to consider renting a room in a house share. The Property Rich List ranked parts of Liverpool, such as Anfield, Kirkdale and Walton, as the 6th cheapest places to purchase property in England. The average sold price in these areas is just £69,265, which is excellent news if you are thinking about getting on to the property ladder.
Liverpool is also home to a large number of affordable places to enjoy a meal and a tipple. Check out the student-friendly restaurants located around the university for some cheap eats. From Chinese to Italian, there is a huge selection of cuisines on offer in 'The Pool'. Do you fancy eating in? There are also many restaurants that provide take-out and delivery service in Liverpool and the suburbs. Check out the Just Eat and Hungry House apps for information on what restaurants offer this service.
Liverpool is known as the entertainment capital of the north. It's here you can sip on a martini at a swanky lounge, or party until the sun comes up at one of the many mega-clubs speckled throughout the city. Liverpudlians are huge football fans, and you can witness the electric atmosphere at a Liverpool FC game held at Anfield. There are endless attractions that will keep you entertained should you choose to live and work in Liverpool. Some notable points of interest are the Liverpool Cathedral, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool Central Library and the Walker Art Gallery. The Metquater Shopping Center is a shopper’s paradise while the smaller vintage boutiques offer clothing that will cater for your inner hipster.