Sale which is part of Greater Manchester is located in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, just over five miles from the city centre which is easily reached on the Metrolink tram system. Local recruitment agencies help people find jobs both in Sale and the wider Manchester conurbation.
The area received a major jobs boost 13 years ago when the Trafford Centre opened providing a large number of retail and other leisure industry jobs. The centre continues to be a major provider of employment.
However, unexpectedly, it led to the creation of more job opportunities in Sale itself. It had been expected the town centre would suffer as the result of a major shopping centre being constructed nearby.
In fact the opposite happened. There was an increase in trade and the demand for retail space in Sale's Square Shopping Centre grew, creating a need for more staff.
Many members of Sale's economically active community travel to work in central Manchester. Sale was established as a commuter area in the mid 19th century when the railway arrived in the town. Today, hundreds of people make the same journey every day on the Metrolink which serves three separate stops in Sale every six minutes between 7.15am and 6.30pm. Outside these times, the frequency is every 12 minutes.