Barrow in Furness, North West Employment Information
Barrow-in-Furness is a Cumbrian town in the North West that had a population of just under 57,000 when the 2011 Census was undertaken by the Office for National Statistics. Over the years, manufacturing jobs in Barrow-in-Furness have been the mainstay of employment, and that seems set to continue into the foreseeable future. Despite being just a 15-minute drive away from the beautiful Lake District, property prices in the area are low. According to Zoopla, a family home in Barrow-in-Furness can be bought for around £132,000, and a 3-bed semi rented for between £525 and £650 a month. Drive a little further into the Lake District, however, and a similar home would cost over £190,000. There are 26 infant and primary schools, four secondary schools and three colleges of further education serving Barrow and its outlying areas offering opportunities in the education and childcare sectors.
Job opportunities in Barrow-in-Furness remain strong in manufacturing, with BAE Systems continuing to provide the majority of positions. The Barrow-in-Furness Chamber of Commerce is active in all sectors of industry and commerce, promoting business networking and providing start-up capital to viable ideas. With its close proximity to the Lake District, and the lower cost of overnight accommodation, Barrow’s tourist and leisure sector continues to work hard to attract greater numbers of visitors to base themselves in Barrow-in-Furness and enjoy the surrounding countryside, rather than staying in Kendal, Windermere, or beyond.