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What’s the Job Market Like In Scunthorpe?

An overview of the Scunthorpe Job Market

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice

What’s the Job Market Like In Scunthorpe?

Scunthorpe, 'The Steel Town', has given us the Chrysler and Rover car designer, Roy Axe, and reality TV celeb Jake Quickenden, but what is on offer to its 83,000 residents for employment?

What types of industry are Scunthorpe jobs prominent in?

Scunthorpe Jobs have predominately been synonymous with the steel industry with the town being the location of the British Steel Steel Processing Plant; the largest facility of its type in the UK. Although many of the other jobs in Scunthorpe are with businesses reflecting the town's association with the steel industry, the local government also indicate that a large number of people are employed in two other key employment sectors within the town, food production & other manufacturing (16%) and retail (10%). More recently, there is a indication that healthcare and digital jobs will be on the increase within the town over the coming years, in a shift to not only embrace developing technologies but as a drive also a drive to increase employment within the town and surrounding areas.

Which companies are situated in Scunthorpe?

Whatever the industry, many top companies have a major presence in Scunthorpe. Other than organisations such as British Steel, industries associated with the steelworks such as metal engineering firms and BOC have a large presence in the town. On the town’s Foxhills Industrial Park is a 500,000 square foot factory occupied by Wren Kitchens , employing 350 full-time workers, plus OSI have a large food processing plant in the town. Within the retail sector numerous retail parks housing all the big food retailers plus businesses such as B&Q, Next & M&S.

What’s commuting like within and to Jobs in Scunthorpe?

Scunthorpe railway station lies on the South TransPennine Line which has trains from Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes, via the large northern hub station based in Doncaster. The town boasts good road access via the M180 that lies just five miles South of the town, plus access can be gained via the popular routes of the A15 & A18 (with easy access to the Humber Bridge).

What are salaries like for Scunthorpe Jobs?

In a recent best places in the UK to earn a living survey Scunthorpe charted unimpressively – coming in at fairly unimpressive number 53 out of 76. While it did get the edge over places like Swansea, Birkenhead and Norwich, Scunthorpe otherwise struggled to distinguish itself. An average monthly take-home salary was £1,600 against an average monthly mortgage repayment of £579 is not actually bad – being roughly equal to 17th-placed Burnley; unfortunately the sticking point is that unemployment currently stands at 8%.

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