In the West Riding of Yorkshire, Pontefract is surrounded by the towns of Featherstone, Castleford, Knottingley, and Hemsworth, and as part of the metropolitan borough of Wakefield it has a population of just over 30,000. As with many towns in this old mining area, Pontefract was hit hard by the closing of the mines; the last one, Prince of Wales Colliery, closed in 2002.
According to statistics provided by Rightmove, the average price of a terraced house in 2015 was £113,282, a semi-detached £127,614, and detached properties were fetching £229,115. The cost of living is generally low and the area is served well by some of the major supermarket chains.
There are two main secondary schools in the area for pupils 11 to 16, The Kings School on Mill Hill Lane, and Carleton Community High School in Carleton. A sixth-form college for those wishing to continue their education is New College, on Park Lane, Pontefract. These establishments provide a number of education jobs in the area.
Pontefract Job Opportunities
Gone are the days when generations of families could rely on a single source of employment for all their needs, and Pontefract is no different. Although the only large industry left in the area is the Ferrybridge coal-fired power station, Pontefract has been rising from the ashes of the coal industry, and there is a broad selection of jobs in Pontefract with opportunities across a number of different industries, including operations and logistics jobs.
Pontefract Employment Trends
In times of government cut-backs, jobs in Pontefract were in short supply. Now, Wakefield Council, who administer Pontefract, are working hard to supply new homes for the expected increase in local populations. Building land in Pontefract has already been earmarked and the building of some 900 new homes is already underway. Alongside house-building, new businesses are being encouraged to set-up in Pontefract; from cafes to child-minders, from niche retail outlets to light engineering and manufacturing, the number of employers is growing. From the gloom of the mid-1990s, Pontefract is developing into a versatile area offering a variety of different employment opportunities.