The market town of Altrincham in Greater Manchester, England, has a population of around 41,000. It boasts excellent transport links, making it a popular commuter town.
According to statistics, just over 9% of working residents in Altrincham are employed in manufacturing jobs. The highest number of jobs can be found in the finance, IT and other business activities sector, which makes up over 30% of the employment opportunities in the town. While public administration, education and health jobs make up a relatively small proportion of the jobs in the service industry, Altrincham is home to a considerable number of educational establishments, including 18 primary schools, 8 secondary schools and one special school.
The towns working population have a good standard of education, with almost 60% having a qualification at NVQ Level 3 or higher and 40% having a qualification at NVQ Level 4 or higher. Only 6.7% have no qualifications whatsoever.
In 2012, Altrincham had an unemployment rate of 7.4%, which was lower than the averages for the North West and Great Britain as a whole. Recruitment agencies are eagerly awaiting the completion of the £100 million Oakfield Road development, which is set to create 2,000 new jobs in the town.
The average weekly salary for staff in full-time employment in Altrincham was £521.10 " higher than the North West average of £469.90 and the national average of £507.60.