Compared to other cities in the UK, Oldham has an understated look, with less grandiose architecture and more solidly built red-brick buildings and terraced houses. This comes from the town's history of having an expansive textile industry. The red brick buildings are old cotton mills converted into processing and distribution centres.
While not the most beautiful town in England, Oldham is still welcoming toward guests and job seekers primarily as a residential town. Its proximity to urban hubs like Manchester and its low cost of living make it a popular home for commuters, but there are jobs in Oldham if you know where to look.
Oldham Job Opportunities
Much of the work available in Oldham is for unskilled workers in food processing, home shopping and the remaining textile plants. However, there are also jobs available in fields like healthcare, management, and engineering.
For workers just starting their careers, the best place to look for a job is in the Oldham town centre. The Town Square Spindles shopping centre, and nearby Middleton shopping centre, make up the largest biggest covered retail areas in the vicinity. There, you can find entry-level jobs in the retail and service sectors.
There are a number of factories in Oldham that offer entry-level work as well as opportunities for managers and engineers. One of the largest employers in Oldham is Park Cake Bakeries, which produces cakes for Marks & Spencer and employs over 1,600 people. Ferranti Technologies is where you work if you're good with electronics. If you have experience in printing or just enjoy reading the paper, you can work at Mirror Colour Print Ltd., where they print 36 major newspapers owned by the Trinity Mirror group.
Oldham Employment Trends
Local authority initiatives like "Get Oldham Working" have helped to create thousands of new jobs in Oldham since the recession. However, unemployment in Oldham is still higher than the national average.