Once a quiet country town with a mix of industrial workers, fishermen, and farmers, Ipswich is now becoming a home for techies working in software and IT. Expensive real estate being bought up by working couples is altering the town's demographic, which used to have more kids and families. It's hard to blame people for wanting to move to Ipswich, a city that keeps its small-town rural appeal, even though its employment opportunities are growing.
The cost of living in Ipswich is also likely to go up as the town grows. It's about 25 percent cheaper to live in Ipswich than in London, which is also the difference between average salaries in the two cities.
Ipswich Job Opportunities
The biggest providers of jobs in Ipswich are insurance companies like Willis, Churchill, and AXA. If you're good with numbers and paperwork, or you have some experience in insurance, it's best to start looking for entry-level jobs at one of these companies. The insurance companies also create jobs for other workers at call centres doing customer support and sales.
If you prefer to work on the water, another provider of jobs in Ipswich is the city's harbour. The boat builder Fairline Boats Ltd. has manufacturing plants that employ many people in Ipswich. Most job postings you'll see in Ipswich are for entry-level positions in sales and administration. Finding other jobs will take some searching or some networking.
Ipswich Employment Trends
Ipswich has the lowest unemployment rate in all of Suffolk. Out of the small number of unemployed, most of them are young and without work experience or long-term unemployed, as is the trend in the rest of the United Kingdom. Part-time and full-time employment are both on the rise. The service sector is the largest employment sector in Ipswich, employing about 80 percent of the people who live there.