Pay in Calderdale and Kirklees

 moneyCompare local pay...

...with that for the rest of the region and the UK

Gross weekly earnings in 2017 for people living in Calderdale and Kirklees - median (middle)

 All female full-time workers living in: 

Female pay 2017

 All male full-time workers living in:

Male pay 2017

Source: NOMIS Labour Market Profile March 2018.

 The UK Minimum Wage from April 2018:

  • 16 to 17 year olds* (and above school leaving age) is £4.20 an hour

  • 18 to 20 year olds is £5.90 an hour

  • 21 to 24 year olds and over is £7:38 an hour

  • 25 year olds and over is £7.83 an hour, the National Living Wage.

Apprentices* under 19 and apprentices aged 19 or over and in the first year of an apprenticeship get an apprentice National Minimum Wage of £3.70 an hour.

NB The next national minimum wage change will be in April 2019

Page updated March 2018

Work is changing ...

... and new jobs are appearing all the time 

new jobs


This may turn out to be untrue BUT what is true is ...

ALL job sectors are changing and jobs in them are changing too

New jobs are appearing and other jobs are going: 

Past Present Future Jobs 

More employers need people who are prepared to do some training to develop higher level skills, so many entry level jobs are apprenticeships or traineeships. There are fewer jobs without training.

It's important for you to:

  • be flexible and adaptable in work
  • have good levels of English, maths and IT - if you can, to at least level 2 (GCSE 9-4 or the old grades A*-C)
  • have good communication and other 'soft skills' - team working, organisational, time keeping, problem solving skills

It's important to keep your skills up to date and for you to learn new skills throughout your working life. Check out job profiles on the National Careers Service website

The number of jobs in the UK is increasing

Number of jobs in the UK

Technology isn't reducing the number of jobs but there are more part-time, temporary and 'zero hours' jobs

You will probably have more jobs in your life time due to changes in technology, society and the climate ...

 Sources: Department for Education, Leeds City Region

How the world of work is changing

Page updated March 2018

Leeds City Region

Business and industry sectors important in the region


Find out more, check out the #FutureGoals website and see the fact sheets on the Leeds City Region jobs intelligence website. 

Check out the job market in West Yorkshire -  view online Shape your future in West Yorkshire 2017/18 (17.8MB SWF) or print (18MB PDF) and search for local vacancies

Between 2010 and 2015:

  • There were an extra 32,000 jobs in the Leeds City Region than there were in 2010, an increase of 2.5% - the Leeds City Region’s has the largest number of jobs outside London.
  • Manufacturing, and business and professional services employment grew. Employment in retail and wholesale, financial services and the public sector fell.
  • The number of firms increased by 15,000 firms.

Between 2015 and 2020, the following sectors are expected to see the number of people employed grow. The number of EXTRA jobs for each of the top eight sectors is shown :

  • Manufacturing - 24,190
  • Transport and storage - 14,590
  • Public services - 11,400
  • Professional and other private services - 9,780
  • Wholesale and retail - 6,040
  • Accommodation, food services and recreation - 3,250
  • Finance and insurance - 600
  • Construction - 280

ALL sectors will have job vacancies

Regional Economic Intelligence Unit 2015

Yorkshire's fastest 50 growing companies, 2016.

Page updated April 2016

 Sources: Leeds City Region

Don't have many skills?

Everyone has some skills

... you just need help to find out what yours are

Our advisers can help you find ways of identifying your skills and learning more, such as:

Local volunteer job examples:

Hospital volunteer
Bricklaying volunteer
Catering assistant
Clinic administrator volunteer
Conservation volunteer
Gardening volunteer
Shop assistant
Theatre volunteer
Youth club volunteer

If you've left school or college and think you don't have many skills, you can try the following at a local training centre:

Admin Art Cooking Childcare
Construction Dry stone walling First aid Gardening
Hair & beauty IT Music/DJ Photography
Radio Retail sales Sports leadership Woodworking skills
You can:
- improve your maths and English too
- and if you want, learn to run your own business

Page updated October 2016

Jobs for new entrants to the workforce

Entry level jobsLooking for your first full-time job?

If you're aged 16 or over and looking for your first job, you're likely to start work in an apprenticeship or entry level job with training.

When your employer gets to know you and sees what you can do, you may get the chance to do higher level training in other, sometimes very different jobs and careers in your company.

Jobs for people starting work for the first time ...

Many jobs in

Business and admin
Catering and hospitality
Computing and IT
Customer service and retail sales
Some engineering

Some jobs in

Accounts and finance
Manufacturing and engineering
Hair and beauty
Health and social care
Motor vehicle

A few jobs in

Animal care
Chemical and pharmaceutical
Creative and digital
Education and training
Sports ans leisure
Media and publishing
Transport and logistics
Travel and tourism


Page updated March 2017

Our careers advisers are based at:

Head Office
C & K Careers Ltd
78 John William Street

T: 01484 225500
F: 08724 464511