Bangor, in Gwynedd, North West Wales – not to be confused with the town of the same name in County Down, Northern Ireland – is a small coastal city with a population of 18,808, according to the 2011 census. Bangor University has over 12,000 students and employs 2,000 members of staff. Bangor is well connected by rail, via Bangor railway station, about a mile from the city centre, on the North Wales Coast Line and by road, via the A55, or North Wales Expressway, which runs immediately south of the city. According to the Land Registry, in April 2016, the average price of a home in Gwynedd stood at £136,352, up nearly £10,000 on the low point of £127,469 in July 2014.
Bangor Job Opportunities
Bangor University is one of the major employers in the region, offering vacancies for lecturers, research officers and other academic staff, and a leading contributor to the regional economy. The public, media and tourism sectors are other important employers, while IT jobs, customer service jobs and sales jobs contribute significantly to the local employment market. Discount bookseller Book People, situated on Parc Menai, approximately three miles west of Bangor city centre, is an important source of permanent, temporary and seasonal jobs in Bangor.
Bangor Employment Trends
Bangor University has an international reputation for teaching and research and benefits from a close link with the National Health Service in Wales, so is likely to remain a major employer in the region for the foreseeable future. Jobs in Bangor are likely to continue to revolve around agriculture, forestry and tourism, while the energy sector in North West Wales remains an important area of potential growth and investment. Indeed, several initiatives and policies put in place by the Westminster government and the Welsh Assembly are aimed directly at boosting the local economy.