Middlesbrough's history paints it as a pioneer of industry, especially when it came to manufacturing. The town's steel and ironworks earned it the nickname Ironopolis. This nickname is no longer used today (locals instead refer to the town as "Boro") because Middlesbrough has evolved with the times and replaced much of its manufacturing industry with newer high-tech companies and services.
Middlesbrough Job Opportunities
There are jobs in Middlesbrough to suit a range of experience and interests. A common place to work is at one of Middlesbrough's chemical companies. However, high-tech and service jobs have replaced many of the jobs in Middlesbrough within the chemical industry, which was almost entirely owned by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). The remaining chemical manufacturers are now part of the Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), which is made up of chemical producers in Middlesbrough and the rest of the Teesside region.
There are also many retail jobs available in Middlesbrough town centre, which provides more and better stores than comparable towns. Middlesbrough Council has resources for job seekers including listings of government jobs in education and public health, as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities.
Middlesbrough Employment Trends
A developing industry in Middlesbrough is engineering and digital business. While Middlesbrough has a history of strong engineering services and engineering-based manufacturing, the city is just starting to apply the engineering skills of its population toward developing products and services for a digital market. Students graduating from Teesside University have contributed to this trend by providing high quality digital animation.
Although Middlesbrough saw a small loss of jobs during the recession, it's proven to be more resilient than neighbouring areas, and job growth predictions are stronger than in any other nearby towns, besides Stockton-on-Tees.