Harrogate is an affluent town in North Yorkshire that can trace its history back to the early 17th century. The town is home to 75,800 people and is famed for its beautiful public gardens and spa water.
Situated close to both the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, Harrogate offers visitors and inhabitants easy access to areas of natural beauty. It is also only around 18 miles north of Leeds, making it commutable for those who work in financial services. According to the Harrogate District Strategic Partnership, the town has property values above the national average (£255,465 opposed to £238,293).
Harrogate Job Opportunities
While many residents commute to Leeds for work, Harrogate itself has an economy worth around £2.7 billion each year. There are approximately 9,000 companies operating in the district, employing around 75,000 people. The number of economically active people of working age stood at 69% in 2011 (compared to 62% nationally).
According to the 2011 Census, Teaching jobs are also widely available due to Harrogate having 75 primary schools, 10 secondary schools and a number of colleges.
Harrogate Employment Trends
Forecasts from the Harrogate District Strategic Partnership suggest that the town's economy is set to grow by 20% in the decade up to 2023, with telecommunications and health services predicted to become very buoyant sectors. The district already has the highest rate of new business registrations in North Yorkshire, with around 10,000 new companies being started each year.
Unemployment figures for Harrogate halved in the 12 months up to November 2014. The number of people claiming job seekers allowance in the town at the time stood at just 356, making Harrogate the eighth best constituency for employment in the whole of the UK. A study by BHP Mitchells Accountants found that Ackers P Investment Company Limited (Vibroplant) is the biggest employer in Harrogate, with more than 1,400 staff.