As the business capital of England's North West, Manchester is a thriving hub of industry and commerce. The world's first city to become industrialised, Manchester is home to 65 companies on the FTSE 100 list.
In a 2006 survey of UK business leaders, Manchester was viewed as the best UK business location, and a 2007 Manchester Partnership report demonstrated Manchester to be the swiftest-growing city in economic terms. All this growth provides a lot of work for suitably qualified drivers, especially since Manchester has a significant manufacturing industry.
Driving employment encompasses many different purposes, from deliveries to taxiing. Many driving jobs will require special licences and qualifications, such as HGV and so on. Appropriately qualified specialist drivers can sometimes earn around £26-27k per year in Manchester, although some, for example bus drivers for large companies, will frequently earn considerably less. These large transport companies often handle their own staff recruitment.
Sometimes the higher paid jobs can be found through specialist driving recruitment agencies in the city, although there are also driving jobs available at more general recruitment agencies. Employers frequently find the support of recruitment companies useful, because consultants will vet and match the candidates beforehand, saving valuable time.
Manchester is currently running two enormous redevelopment schemes: NOMA and Smart City. These projects will regenerate massive parts of the city, building new accommodation and business space. The schemes will undoubtedly require driving support, so if you are interested, it's worth enquiring at construction recruitment companies, who may be handling staffing.