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Updated January 2020

Leeds is now the 2nd largest Metropolitan district in England with a population of 779,000 following a meteoric rise over recent years but what has been behind this rapid growth .Our article looks at some of the reasoning.

Did you know?

In 2015  it was the Top ranking English City to Live in the Money supermarket Quality of UK Living survey as Average Salaries rose to £22419, the weekly Cost of living remained relatively modest £ 377 per week. In terms of “Real”Unemployment rates, Leeds had the lowest level, except Edinburgh, when compared against 14 other Major Cities in the UK.

Around 475,000 work in the City and 1.9 million within the Leeds City Region with over 108,000 Companies generating in excess of 5% of England's Total Economic output, which puts its economy in front of at least 8 other European Countries!

So, what areas do they all work in ?

Leeds is now home to a whole multitude of Service and Industrial Sectors.

It is one of the largest business centres in the United Kingdom, with around 343,000 people employed in the financial, legal, business support and professional sectors in the Leeds City Region with an estimated output valued at £13 billion per year. This includes over 200 Accountancy and 180 Legal Firms making it arguably the major English Financial Centre outside of London.

Other key Industries  include education, health, scientific, print and publication, creative, digital and retail with the recent large scale Trinity and John Lewis shopping centres demonstrating the relative wealth and prosperity within  the West Yorkshire hub.


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Who are the major employers?

Some of the heavyweights include Asda Walmart Jet 2, Yorkshire Bank, Sky Bet, Arla Foods, First Direct, Hitachi Capital and Dr Oetker all of whom have significant operations within the City. Also recently Channel 4 and HMRC have advised of their decision to locate sizeable operations within the City.

On a smaller but still significant scale the rapid growth of  start ups and SME’s within the City has seen some of the regions Brightest Businesses (The Telegraph) becoming significant employers  in the City such as Joe Brown’s, CreativeRace, Troy Foods, Rosemont Pharmeceuticals, LNT Group and Call Credit.

Logically then…..

Leeds seems a pretty good place to be based.

But, If you need a bit more Persuasion…..


Leeds shopping

If this your forte, Leeds is up there to be ranked with. It now boasts a flagship John Lewis Store, Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and the Trinity Centre .The Lonely Planet even titled it "The Knightsbridge of the North".



Leeds City Museum

Leeds boasts a variety of top Class Museums and galleries including The Royal Armouries, The City Museum and the Thackery Museum, as well as the newly built First Direct Arena which is attracting a host of Top Musical Performers. Also, not forgetting the Leeds City Varieties, The Grand Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.


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  Yorkshirethe County

Yorkshire Dales


known locally as God’s own County. Within half an hour of the hustle and bustle of the City you can be on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales or experiencing Ilkley Moor, Fountains Abbey, the historic City of York or the delightful Spa Town of Harrogate.

From Bridlington all the way up to Whitby, Yorkshire’s coastline is also impressive with  countryside, white sandy beaches, tiny  fishing villages and bustling traditional seaside resorts all within easy reach.


and finally...



Our own Managing Director, Lucy Walker commented, " As a Leeds girl, it has been amazing to see the positive and relentless development of my City during the 27 years I have had the business, from both an economic and social perspective. The signs are very positive that this will only continue in the years ahead and Leeds will remain a key Northern powerhouse within the UK Economy. This is reflected in the impressive range of Clients  we are now dealing with within the area and the range of roles and opportunities they have brought."


  Convinced Now ?

Well, if we can help you any further, either with securing a new role in the City,a different role, or your search for new employees please take a look on our Website -www.Lucywalkerrecruitment.com and make contact with us. We are always happy to have consultations about how we can help you whether you are an employer  or seeking work in the City.

Lucy Walker Recruitment have over 27 years experience in working with the region's Businesses and Job seekers and are confident we can put you in touch with some great opportunities both advertised and via our network of connections.

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About the Author: Mark Woffenden

Mark Woffenden is a Director at Lucy Walker Recruitment and has an extensive knowledge of the issues and workings of the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Commercial markets developed over the last 20 years in the Industry