Standing on the River Wharfe, in West Yorkshire, Wetherby is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Wetherby Bridge, spanning the river, is over 700 years old, and a Grade II listed ancient structure. For hundreds of years a staging post for travellers using the Great North Road (A1), it is today a magnet for those who enjoy old Georgian architecture, or the beautiful English countryside. With greater numbers of people taking short breaks in the UK, they arrive to spend a few nights in the many coaching inns still catering for travellers from the UK and beyond. The population of nearly 12,000 is regularly swollen with visitors to Wetherby Racecourse, Stockeld Park, and other local attractions. With a cost-of-living index almost half that of London for those renting property, Wetherby and the surrounding area is a big draw for those wanting a more laid-back lifestyle away from city hustle and bustle. For big old detached properties of distinction, one would expect to pay over £500,000, while terrace houses are still available from around £125,000.
Wetherby Job Opportunities
Jobs Wetherby obviously can’t compete with the big cities employment wise, and many locals commute up and down the A1(M) daily to work. None-the-less, jobs in Wetherby are well catered for with a number of national and international companies based on its industrial estates. Retail jobs in Wetherby are also well catered for with five large national supermarkets, and a number of other high street brands established in the town. IT jobs are available in an increasingly digital age, while work in the many hotels, bars, and other areas of the leisure industry crop up both full and part-time.
Wetherby Employment Trends
With property prices bucking the national trend around the Leeds, Wetherby, and Harrowgate areas, larger numbers of people are considering moving into the area for a better quality of life. Employment opportunities are good across all areas of industry and commerce locally, and everything points to employment vacancies increasing. For those prepared to commute thirty-minutes up or down the AI (M), a greater number of work options are available.