Keighley is a large town in West Yorkshire that has changed greatly in recent decades due to the demise of wool mills and a rise in service and retail jobs. It is situated approximately 11 miles north of Bradford and 22 miles north-west of Leeds, making it a good location for commuters. It is also part of the historic Bronte Country, with Haworth located just two miles away, and is also just a short drive from the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park. According to the Office for National Statistics, the median age of a person living in Keighley is 41.3 years and the average house price stands at £150,000.
Keighley Job Opportunities
Jobs in Keighley are varied as it has a growing retail sector but many industrial and technological companies call it home. Skilled manufacturing jobs are common in Keighley, with Finnish escalator giant Kone being a major employer. The main headquarters of Acorn Stairlifts is also based in the town, while retail jobs are often available due to Keighley having no fewer than three retail parks as well as a large shopping centre. A number of Keighley job opportunities are also available on a part-time or temporary basis through employment agencies. In 2015, it was revealed that 1700 businesses in Keighley and neighbouring Ilkley had received funding from the coalition government's Employment Allowance, making it easier for them to recruit and train staff.
Keighley Employment Trends
While Keighley felt the effects of the economic downturn as acutely has anywhere else, figures from the Office for National Statistics show that employment has grown in the town recently. Between April 2014 and March 2015, 66.1% of residents aged between 16 and 64 were in work, while the total density of jobs stood at 38,000.Youth unemployment fell by 200 between November 2013 and October 2014 and the overall annual mean income in 2013 stood at £24,200.