Probably the North West’s number one spot for entertainment and night life, and certainly for retail, if you want to work in security, Manchester has plenty to offer. Home to over 500,000 people, the city is the UK’s third most likely spot to be visited by foreign tourists. It also has a wealth of well-known shopping centres, from the Trafford Centre (the UK’s second biggest) to the Arndale Centre, which enjoys a footfall to the tune of 38 million people a year. Obviously, all these outlets and many of the individual stores need security staff. Add to that the many hundreds of bars and nightclubs to be found in the city, not to mention premier league football clubs Manchester United’s Old Trafford, and Manchester City’s ground – and the city really draws a crowd.
There are a number of recruitment agencies with experience in sourcing for security staff in Manchester. These employment companies are often a popular choice for venues that want to obtain the right staff, without lengthy ongoing financial commitments. The agencies match the candidates, and take care of the paperwork for them. Having said that, it is common for venues to have ongoing relationships with the same staff, even if they are technically employed on a temporary basis. This is because effective ‘door work’ often requires good team cooperation, and managers like to know and trust the people representing them on the door.