Stockport is a town within the North West county of Greater Manchester and is neighboured by settlements including Cheadle, Hyde and Reddish. The surrounding borough was once a centre for manufacturing and cotton, however the town's economy is now dominated by knowledge and service based industries. Recruitment agencies in Stockport are therefore in demand to fill jobs in sectors such as retail, finance and education.
What is the job market like in Stockport?
There are more than 120,000 jobs in Stockport and this represents the third largest workforce in Greater Manchester. Even though the employment figure has dropped since 2010, it's predicted that more than 10,000 positions will be created over the next decade.
What are the town's leading sectors?
The public sector is the largest employer in Stockport with health and social care alone accounting for 16,000 jobs. The Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most prominent health employers in the area, due to facilities such as Stepping Hill Hospital and The Meadows. Despite this, retail is the largest single employer in the town and recruitment agencies in Stockport are commonly approached to fill vacancies within the Merseyway Shopping Centre and The Peel Centre.There are more than 22,000 local workers employed in the industry, while the nearby suburb of Cheadle Hulme also sees around 16% of its population employed in retail or wholesale jobs.
Manufacturing and textiles have played a key role in the development of Stockport, with the town once building a reputation within hat making. Despite the decline of these industries, textiles has started to re-establish itself in the area and has seen the highest percentage of growth since the turn of the decade.
Key sectors for recruitment in the Borough of Stockport
As the public sector is the greatest employer in the town, many Stockport based recruiters will build relationships with education, government and healthcare organisations. The retail sector is also an important field for recruitment and there are temporary and commercial specialists located in the town centre. The majority of agencies in Stockport, Hyde and the surrounding borough however, offer a multi-sector service.
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