Workforce

Workforce

Cardiff is the economic driver for a city-region of 1.4 million people, with a pool of 14 million people within a two-hour drivetime. It has one of the best student retention rates in the UK, reflecting the city’s high quality employment offer and outstanding quality of life.

Located on the M4 corridor, and within easy reach of London, Cardiff attracts a highly skilled workforce at favourable costs compared to London and its immediate surroundings. Excellent local transport links enable over a third of Cardiff’s labour pool to travel into the city each day from neighbouring cities and towns.

A cosmopolitan city, its large student population and strong cultural heritage brings a unique blend of vibrancy and diversity that inspires creativity. Technology and knowledge intensive industries now employ around 47,500 people in the city supported by the world-class research at the city-regions universities.

The available labour pool is highly skilled and has a skill rating that is above the national average with 40% of Cardiff’s workforce qualified to degree or degree level equivalent.

Productivity is a key factor – the total economic output of Cardiff per job filled is above the UK average and loyalty also ranks highly.

Training support is excellently supported by the Welsh Government who has a network of qualified and quality-audited training advisors who offer a free diagnostic service and free training advice. A company can quality for further assistance on their advice.

The take-up of modern apprenticeships in Wales is double that in England and in support of this the Welsh Government offers a number of initiatives to encourage employers to recruit more apprentices. One of the most popular is the Young Recruits Programme. This is an all Wales programme that provides funding to employers offering high quality apprenticeship programmes who recruit and train additional young apprentices (16-24 yrs old).

Find out more about working in Cardiff here.

Location

Location

Cardiff, Europe’s youngest capital is situated in South Wales, and is just two hours away from the centre of London by rail or road, with easy access to the country’s other important business centres. Located on the ‘high-tech M4 corridor’, west of London, Cardiff is a hour and a half’s drive away from the world’s busiest international airport at Heathrow. On our doorstep, Cardiff Airport provides over 30 flights a day to world and European destinations.

The city’s excellent location provides you with a gateway to the UK or European markets through its rapid road and rail infrastructure providing access to ports and airports.

Cardiff’s connectivity is at the forefront of technological advances with superfast broadband capability now available across most of the city.

Whether visiting or living in Cardiff, the city-region has something for everyone – from magnificent landscapes, mountains and beaches,the best sporting stadia in the world, a cultural centre of growing repute, to one of the best retail centres in the UK.

Top 9 reasons to choose Cardiff

Top 9 reasons to choose Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the focal point for devolved Government and decision-making. It is at the heart of a city-region of 1.4 million people and recently topped the list of the UK’s most transport-friendly cities.

The city-region is an academic centre of excellence with over 65,000 undergraduate students, 12,000 postgraduate students, 6,000 overseas students from over 100 countries across the world, and 9000 academic staff of which over 5000 are research or academic focus.  The availability of academic research and skilled graduates makes the area an extremely attractive proposition for investment and supports thriving sectors such as the Creative Industries, Life Sciences, ICT and Leisure and Tourism.

The capital has a growing reputation in the financial and Business Services sector, which is reflected in the number of national and international companies that are now located in the city – such as Admiral, Atradius, GE, GMAC, HSBC, ING, Legal & General, Lloyds Banking Group and Zurich.

Cardiff is synonymous with sport and the Millennium Stadium, which is recognisable across the world, has been instrumental in elevating Cardiff to one of the most popular locations in the UK for major events and conferences. The SWALEC Stadium hosted the first Ashes test match in 2009, a first for Cardiff and a resounding success. In October 2010 the Celtic Manor Resort hosted The Ryder Cup, which elevated the city-region onto the world stage.

In 2012 the Millennium Stadium had the honour of hosting the very first event of the Olympic Games.  The women’s football match on 25 July was a celebration of sport in all its forms as the world’s media descended on Cardiff.

Cardiff is also designated as a ‘Centre of Culture’, reflected in the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.  The annual Creative Cardiff showcase promotes the city’s creative economy to the UK and international audiences and promotes the numerous creative festivals and events that take place in Cardiff during the year, including the biennial international Artes Mundi Prize and the World Music Expo in October 2013.

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