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Graduate Labour Market Information

What you can do after graduation

A knowledge of the labour market can help you answer questions such as:

  • What jobs are out there?
  • Who are the main employers in your field? 
  • What jobs are likely to be on the increase and where are they?
  • Which areas of work are easier to get into?
  • What skills do you need for now and the future?

Understanding what is going on with jobs and employers is called labour market information or intelligence.

Understanding the labour market is a job itself, it is constantly shifting predicting what is going to happen is not easy. However there are some things that you can do to make it a bit easier.

Ask yourself where do you want to work, are you flexible and can go anywhere or do you want to stay in the local area around Bradford and the Leeds City region?   

Action: Think about where you want to be based and how flexible you can be.

Graduate options

As a graduate you have two main options:

  1. Graduate Training schemes. This is where organisations specifically recruit graduates straight from university. They typically offer a structured career path, training and development and a good starting salary. These are highly competitive, with around 42 applicants per vacancy. Many graduate training schemes require you to be flexible and prepared to relocate more than once and the majority are based in London

  2. Direct job entry. This is where you apply to vacancies advertised via social media, the web, in the press, job centre and through recruitment agencies. They typically offer a less structured career path, but may offer a broader range of experience. The vast majority of opportunities for graduates are in this category.

Note:  Your chosen career area will to some extent determine what is available; it may be that there are limited graduate training schemes in your chosen field of work or and that direct job entry is your only real choice.


About Bradford

Bradford is one city covering four towns - Shipley, KeighleyBingley and Bradford. Within the four towns are 70 neighbourhoods and over half a million people. There are 15,000 businesses and an economy worth £8.3 billion, which is the 11th largest in the UK. Bradford is placed fifth for manufacturing and has branded itself the Producer City.

In Bradford, the biggest employers are the City Of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, the University of Bradford, Bradford College and the NHS which between them employ around 1 in 3 employees.

The largest single sector is retail which employs 1 in 10 workers, and the opening of the Broadway retail and leisure development in November 2015 has added an estimated 2500 jobs in this area.

Here's an overview of the Bradford District Labour Market.

Note: The bigger the employer, the more opportunities on offer and increased chances that a job might come up.

Key companies in Bradford

Some key companies in Bradford district include

Note: Most of these offer graduate training schemes and all have offered job opportunities for Bradford graduates so are well worth investigating.

Other highly successful companies that are well worth investigating (and all based in Bradford) include:

  • Radio design based in Shipley, they were nominated for a Queens award for engineering innovation in 2011.
  • Emerald leading independent publishers of global research based in Bingley and with offices worldwide.
  • Webanywhere based in Keighley and with over 100 employers based in the USA and Poland.
  • Knightsbridge Furniture
  • Klinger sealing products for oil, gas, chemical industries,
  • Optima Legal

Remember, most graduates wanting to work in Bradford will follow the direct job entry route and work their way up.

Leeds City Region

Information about Leeds City Region (reproduced with the kind permission of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership):

Construction Quick facts      Sector overview
Digital and creative Quick facts Sector overview
Finance and business Quick facts Sector overview
Food and drink Quick facts Sector overview
Health and social care Quick facts Sector overview
Health and life sciences Quick facts Pending
Hospitality and tourism Quick facts Sector overview
Logistics and transport Quick facts Sector overview
Low carbon Quick facts Sector overview
Advanced Manufacturing Quick facts Sector overview

Case studies from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Finding out more

Below are some links to further information about the labour market, both locally and nationally:

Bradford and the region

The national picture