With one of England’s fastest growing regional economies, according to Government data published in early 2014, Liverpool’s economy is most definitely ‘on the up’. Since it became the first English city to be designated European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city has enjoyed a period of renewed investment and redevelopment, with the help of funding from central Government and the EU.
With this, new industries are emerging and there is an ever-growing service sector. The Liverpool ONE development is central to the visionary regeneration of the city. Now one of Europe's largest retail developments, it is home to more than 150 stores - bringing with it many job opportunities. Tourism still plays a major role in Liverpool’s economy, and this has led to a great increase in the provision of high quality services, such as hotels, restaurants and clubs.
Whether or not you need a work permit for employment in the UK largely depends on your nationality. If you are a foreign national moving to Liverpool to work, it’s most likely that you’ll require a work permit. Nationals of most EU/EEA member states, on the other hand, won’t require a work permit. If you’re a foreign national working in Liverpool as part of an expat assignment, or you have a job offer, the good news is your company employer will most likely apply for a work permit for you. They’ll also guide you through the process of having a certificate of sponsorship, which is also a requirement of the work permit.
If you’re hoping to work in Liverpool and need to apply for a work permit yourself, you’ll find it helpful to read up on the tiered, points-based system that the British Home Office applies when considering an applicant’s eligibility. The type of permit you are eligible for will depend on your profession. To find out which permit best applies to you, visit the Home Office website .
Opportunities to work in Liverpool are varied, and thankfully so too are the means of finding jobs. A good place to start would be with the city’s biggest newspaper, the Echo, which updates its website daily with new opportunities. With tourism such an important sector, recruitment agencies have seen a rising demand for staff in this area. You can find a helpful list of registered agencies on Agency Central. There’s also plenty of national websites listing current opportunities, such as Indeed and Total Jobs .
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the websites of some of the city’s largest and most popular companies, such as shipping, retail and finance group Bibby Line, retailer TJ Morris (and internationally renowned food and drink Group Princes. There may also be opportunities for teachers working in the many language schools dotted about the city.