PR is a major industry in Manchester, as the city is home to the second largest number of creative and digital companies in Europe. Its reputation as the media hub of the north of England is growing as the BBC have recently moved a large number of their staff to Manchester’s Media City UK site, where ITV Granada is also based. This move has not only created more employment opportunities, but also highlighted Manchester in the national and international press as an area full of creative talent.
Most Manchester PR jobs are in small, boutique companies. Some specialise in promoting local products and businesses, while others have attracted major national clients. There are several well-established PR agencies in Manchester, such as Peppermint PR and Beattie Communications. Typically, these companies will use recruitment agencies to find new staff. The business is competitive and it’s important for new employees to match the company’s ethos and offer all the relevant skills.
Salaries in Manchester are lower than London, but as the cost of living is also lower, it’s a great place to live if you want to experience city life at an affordable price. A typical starting salary in PR is £16,000 per year in Manchester, but a more senior staff member such as head of communications can earn around £50,000.