Oxford is a thriving city in the south of England. It brims with things to do and see. Visit the prestigious university, then stroll the streets and feast your eyes on historic buildings. Get in touch with your spiritual side at magnificent cathedrals and churches, and take a deep breath of fresh air at the botanical garden.
Of course, enjoying Oxford's charms and living there are two different things. Oxford isn't the cheapest city to live in; with rental prices 34% higher than UK average, groceries and restaurants are on the expensive side.
Navigate the city via three different bus companies while you search for jobs in Oxford. Because the bus companies compete against one another and have similar routes, double-check to make sure you're on the right track.
Oxford Job Opportunities
Oxford and its surrounding area offers plenty of job opportunities. The County Council is the top employer with more than 20,000 employees. The University of Oxford is also a prime place to look for jobs in Oxford; the school has around 18,000 employees. If you're into cars, you might apply for a position at the BMW manufacturing plant. Have a flair for showing people around? More than nine million tourists come to Oxford every year, so tourism is another potential gateway to employment.
If you don't have your mind set on a specific employer, search for jobs in Oxford within certain industries. There are IT, sales, web, engineering and accounting opportunities in this vibrant city.
Oxford Employment Trends
As of early 2014, Oxford's overall unemployment rate was 5.4%, below the national average of 7.1%, so job prospects are promising here. Also, the number of unemployment claims in the city is encouraging — in October 2014, there were fewer claims than there were before the 2008 recession began.