Work in Liverpool

Work in Liverpool
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Updated 2021-10-05 14:45

Part of the metropolitan county of Merseyside in the Northwest of England, Liverpool is a popular destination for expatriates from around the world. The city built up its economy and reputation through industry, with its large port once being one of the busiest ports in the world. Today, Liverpool marine is one of Peel Ports Group seven ports, augmenting transatlantic trade and innovation.

In the past decade, Liverpool experienced strong economic growth and regeneration, focusing on culture, creative industries, and tourism. However, COVID-19 had severe consequences for the region. In fact, local leaders parallelled the COVID-19-induced socio-economic and health crisis to the challenges faced in the aftermath of the Second World War. In the post-COVID-19 era, Liverpool strives to bring back to life its world-renowned music scene, deep-rooted football heritage, and student life in its three prestigious universities, where thousands of international students are enrolled.

Why Liverpool is a good place for work 

Liverpool offers a diverse range of work opportunities across different departments in maritime, public administration, education, accounting and other financial services, operations, and healthcare. According to the PayScale compensation platform, the average salary in Liverpool and the wider area of Merseyside in 2021 is £27,000. During COVID-19 and due to severe social distancing measures, wages decreased slightly in Liverpool. However, England is on its way to recovering from the pandemic's socio-economic impact, and Liverpool follows the recuperation trend. At the same time, the cost of living in Liverpool is lower than the national average, giving employees the chance to get more for their money regarding accommodation in Liverpool, leisure, and shopping for groceries. 

In Liverpool, expat professionals get a good work-life balance thanks to the city's diversity and inclusivity. Here, you will find people from different backgrounds and ethnicities contributing to and influencing the city's functioning. Also, Liverpool has Europe's oldest established Chinese community, which arrived in the late 1850s as employees at Liverpool's shipping industry. A visit to Liverpool's Chinatown — the first European Chinatown — will give you a clearer picture of the city's vibrancy and cultural heritage. Besides, Liverpool has one of the oldest black communities in Europe, and the oldest in the UK, dating 300 years ago when black people arrived at Liverpool's busy port as sailors, soldiers, and slaves. The black community in Liverpool is intercultural — people came from the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. 

Good to know:

According to recent stats, about half of Liverpool's population have a first language that is not English. Lawrence Road has been shaped by immigrants. Paradoxically, on this street, minority ethnic groups make up a substantial majority. 

Tip:

If you want to find out more about why Liverpool is a good place for work and leading an exciting expat life, ask other expats in Liverpool in Expat.com's friendly Liverpool forum.

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Jobs in Liverpool

Housing in Liverpool

Chinatown Liverpool

Expat.com Liverpool forum

The biggest employers in Liverpool

Liverpool's economy is based on the maritime and shipping industry, financial services, engineering, healthcare and medicine sectors, and education. Without a doubt, the port is the region's most financially active spot thanks to imports, exports and international trade and investment. Liverpool's port is known to be one of the country's (and at one point the world's) most important ports — a strategic getaway — mainly due to its geographical location, enabling direct and reliable communication with the United States. Post-Brexit, there are plans about redeveloping the shipping industry in Liverpool through billion-worth investments in global trade, shipbuilding and decarbonisation, leading to the creation of new jobs in Liverpool. Also, due to Brexit, more checks on goods are required within the port premises, meaning that more employees will be needed to facilitate the new bureaucratic demands and prevent a damaging slow down in trade operations.

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The port of Liverpool is the number one port for grains imported from the United States and handles some of the world's largest container vessels.

Liverpool is home to many maritime freight companies, national and international banks, insurance and financial services firms, such as Bibby Line Group consultants, as well as automobile industries such as Jaguar Land Rover Halewood company. However, as a result of Brexit, the UK car production market is currently witnessing a slowdown. New investments have frozen in fear of Brexit cutting supply chains and leading to trade tariffs. And all this is taking place amid a new car manufacturing reality —  that of electric and autonomous vehicles. 

Many software and video games development companies are also expanding in Liverpool alongside marketing, graphic design, media and tech companies. Liverpool's historic architecture has also contributed to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the flourishing of the creative sector over the years. The media and film industries have often used Liverpool and its buildings as backdrops for their productions and have helped Liverpool become the most filmed city in Britain.

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The universities in Liverpool are another significant part of the city's economic fabric thanks to the high number of international students enrolling each year in the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, and Liverpool John Moores University.  

Useful links:

Port of Liverpool

Bibby Line Group

Jaguar Land Rover Halewood company

University of Liverpool

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool John Moores University

Everyday life in Liverpool

Residents of Liverpool often talk about the city's energy as hard to put in words and an experience you have to have for yourself. For some, it is the independent shops and cafes; for others, the live music scene and the student crowds give Liverpool a cultural and vivacity boost. History enthusiasts will tell you that the city is unique because of its many museums and art galleries, competing only with London's. On the other hand, nature lovers will go on and on about Calderstones Park and the Harthill Botanical Gardens. However, one thing is for sure; however you aspire your out-of-work life to be, you will have the opportunities to make it happen in Liverpool.  

Despite being a big city, in Liverpool, you will get this sense of community and solidarity among its residents. Also, bear in mind that during the peak seasons (usually the spring and summer months), many tourists arrive in Liverpool, mainly due to the city's reputation as the birthplace of The Beatles and its endless shopping opportunities in malls and local markets, such as the Red Brick Market, equated to London's Camden Market.

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The most popular music destination is the Cavern, where the Beatles used to play and where you can still enjoy live music. 

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Liverpool is home to the UK's biggest open-air mall, Liverpool ONE. Also, Metquarter shopping mall offers an upmarket shopping experience. 

Liverpool is served by Merseyrail. If you live and work in Liverpool, consider buying the Merseyrail Only Railpass to make your journeys cheaper. On weekends, you can leave Liverpool and head to close-by Manchester city, less than an hour away on the train, which runs until just before midnight. The Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport in the city of Liverpool, which makes your regional and international travels easier. Liverpool has several trustworthy and expert hospitals offering first-class NHS care. These include the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, Aintree University Hospital, and Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, a major obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology research hospital.

Useful links: 

National Museums Liverpool

Metquarter mall

Merseyrail Only Railpass

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals

Aintree University Hospital 

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Finding a job in Liverpool

Liverpool is a good choice if you have the skills that match its major economic sectors. Even if you don't, finding a job in this city will be a lot easier than in other Northern or Southern cities in the UK. While online searching is efficient, you can also ring recruiters and directly contact the companies you want to work with. Note that having a Liverpool-based address will help you secure a job faster. You can also seek the help of national or local recruitment agencies in the process of looking for a job.

Tip:

To help you further with your job search, we have put together two handy UK labour market-related articles: Preparing for a job interview in the UK and Working in the UK. Also, we highly recommend connecting with other professional expats via Expat.com's Liverpool forum.  

Useful links:

Indeed 

Monster 

LinkedIn 

Gumtree

Jobsite

Agency Central

Jobwise 

Hays 

Search 

Reed 

Adzuna 

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