Ormskirk is a market town in the county of Lancashire, in North West England, with a population of just over 24,000, according to the 2011 Census. The town is situated just off the A59, which, although no longer a trunk road, has primary status for most of its route. It’s also close to the M58 and M6 motorways. Frequent train services run from Ormskirk to Liverpool, approximately 13 miles to the south, and to Preston, the administrative centre of Lancashire, approximately 18 miles to the north. Regular local bus services run within the town and to nearby towns and villages, such as Skelmersdale, Southport and Burscough. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Ormskirk is £191,208, compared with £146,579 in Liverpool.
Ormskirk Job Opportunities
Private sector jobs in Ormskirk are dominated by manufacturing jobs. BAE Systems, which supplies defence, aerospace and security solutions, is the largest employer in Lancashire. The location of Ormskirk, close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester, with important road and rail links to the north and south, lends itself well to operations and logistics jobs. Booths Supermarkets is another important employer in the private sector. Lancashire County Council is the major provider of public sector jobs in Ormskirk, with the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, based in nearby Preston, employing 7,000 people across two hospital sites.
Ormskirk Employment Trends
In February 2016, a report published by the so-called Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership – a collaboration between business, local councils and universities – recognised that sectors like advanced manufacturing, energy, higher education and logistics had potential for growth that could transform the local and national economy. The report also highlighted how major road and rail projects could create thousands of new jobs Ormskirk residents could rely on, and stimulate hundreds of millions of pounds of economic growth in the region.