Coatbridge is a North Lanarkshire town situated 10 miles from Glasgow City Centre. Around 47,000 people, including many of Irish descent, live in this predominantly working class town, which flourished during the industrial revolution when it was given the nickname the "Iron Burgh". Jobs in Coatbridge now centre on the distribution industry due to the area's strong road and rail links to Glasgow and further afield. There are four large parks in Coatbridge and a bustling town centre to enjoy, as well as a four-star rated museum, and the Summerlee Heritage Park. Currently, local house prices average approximately £116,000, which is less than Drumpellier and Cairnhill, according to rightmove.co.uk.
Coatbridge Job Opportunities
The construction sector is a significant provider of jobs in Coatbridge, according to the 2011 Census. Construction jobs on various projects throughout the town provide employment for surveyors, architects, joiners, electricians and many more people with skills in manual handling, communication, team management and safety awareness. There is also a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies based in the town that create rewarding positions in energetic and exciting environments. The ability to organise a team, plan ahead and work well under pressure is advantageous in the distribution sector, with operations and logistics jobs for project managers, operations managers and other specialists often available.
Coatbridge Employment Trends
Census statistics from 2011 showed that the health, construction and retail sectors provided the highest numbers of jobs in Coatbridge, with 15% employed in the health sector. From 2008 to 2012, ONS figures also indicated that the unemployment rate in the town was greater than for North Lanarkshire overall, but the number of those in employment in Coatbridge had risen in the same period. Coatbridge's town centre is one area where there is a particular focus for development as part of the regional Strategic Development Plan, which aims to channel investment to places in need of enhancement and protection.