Thirteen miles south of Chester, Wrexham is situated between the Welsh mountains and the Dee valley. The area has good rail links to the Wirral, Liverpool, Shrewsbury and the North Wales coast. Also feasible for those working in Cheshire and Merseyside, nearby main roads provide quick and easy access to other towns and cities including Manchester and Birmingham. Wrexham is the largest town in the north of Wales - its population is approximately 65,000 and the council is considering reapplying for city status with Deeside. The cost of living is moderate to mid-range in comparison to national averages (as reported for Chester). Based on a survey completed in 2012, Wrexham Borough Council announced plans to maintain or improve affordable housing, wage levels and job prospects.
Wrexham Job Opportunities
In addition to finance jobs and professional services, the Wrexham area has become home to high-tech manufacturing including biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. This part of northeast Wales has a large retail sector and a number of retail parks. Skills most in demand for jobs in Wrexham include customer service, people and project management as well as administration. Other popular occupations in Wrexham include engineering jobs, driving and support jobs. JCB and ACT are large local employers, while Airbus offers a number of engineering posts in nearby Broughton. Several large food manufacturing installations and electronics companies are located along the main A483 road.
Wrexham Employment Trends
Wrexham is a major area focus for retail and commerce. The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation currently employs around three hundred staff, with plans to expand this to over six hundred by 2016 as it relocates from Shanghai. Similarly, a large outsourced switchboard and assistant service employs four hundred workers in Wrexham Technology Park. Due to expansion in New Zealand and the USA, it is presently building a new headquarters with plans to open in early 2016 and jobs for over a thousand employees.