Jobs in Calderdale

Halifax town centreMost of the employers in Calderdale are small or medium in size.

But several large employers account for a large number of the jobs, so its important that job hunters look at both larger and smaller employers. Start by searching for local vacancies 

Key sectors for the area include:

    • Creative and digital industries
    • Financial and business services
    • Advanced manufacturing and engineering
    • Green businesses
    • Accommodation and food

Inclusive economic strategy for Calderdale 2018–2024, published November 2018, contains further detailed background information on the Calderdale area (1.9MB PDF), including:

Between 2011 and 2016 the number of jobs in Calderdale increased by 9,000 to around 97,000. 
oooooo  Most of the businesses are micro businesses, employing up to nine people, or small businesses employing between 10 and 49 people. The highest business growth has been in finance and professional services, logistics and communications, hotels and catering and construction. The tourism industry accounts for 7% of all jobs in Calderdale - many of these jobs are seasonal and low paid, for example retail, restaurant, bar work, room attendant jobs.

 

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The following companies are listed in the London Stock Exchange Group '1000 companies to inspire Britain' 2018 or 2019, a directory of fastest growing small and medium-sized companies:

SDH Project Services Telecommunications Brighouse
Hargreaves Foundry

Iron castings

Halifax

Abram Pullman and Sons

Steel stockholding and processing

Halifax

Aflex Hose Ltd

PTFE hose manufacture

Sowerby Bridge

James Clay Specialist

Beer importer and distributor

Elland

Leo Group Waste

Management and recycling

Halifax

Polyframe Trade Ltd Windows manufacturer Halifax

Examples of companies in Calderdale's key sectors (170kb PDF) updated June 2019

A lot of jobs are thought to be filled by word of mouth, the list below provides ...

... a guide to the most frequently advertised ONLINE vacancies between 22 May 2018 to 20 May 2019:

Nurses
Sales related occupations n.e.c.
Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Customer service occupations n.e.c.
Care workers and home carers
Programmers and software development professionals
Secondary education teaching professionals
Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
Metal working machine operatives

Main industry groups advertised online only:
Education
Human health activities
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security
Social work activities without accommodation
Food and beverage service activities
Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Land transport and transport via pipelines

367
348
334
295
267
261
185
171
160
160

725
708
355
213
213
201
189
154
153
128

Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions May 2019                 
*n.e.c. - not elsewhere classified

The sectors with the largest numbers of employees in Calderdale in 2017 were:

Sector No. of employees 2016 No. of employees 2017 Trend
Business administration & support services 17,000 17,000

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Manufacturing 12,000 14,000 up arrow

Retail and wholesale 12,000 13,000 up arrow

Health and social care 10,000 9,000

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Education 8,000  8,000

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Financial and insurance 7,000  7,000

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Accommodation and food services 5,000  7,000

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Professional, scientific and technical  5,000 5,000

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 Construction 4,000  4,500

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Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services No reliable data  1,750  

Source: BRES via NOMIS October 2018 (data rounded to nearest 100)

 

Page updated June 2019

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