Access to talent

Access to Talent

Locating your business here puts you in touch with a city region labour market of over 1.2m people – and the city region increasingly attracts skills from a far wider Northern and UK workforce.

And we are absolutely committed to working with business to train our own. With 20,000 apprentices in the city region being trained at any one point in time we’ll work with you all the way to get you the workforce you need.

Our city region is home to two world class universities. The University of Sheffield is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities. Sheffield Hallam University is the sixth largest in the UK meaning employers will have plenty of skilled workers for vacancies.

The Sheffield City Region excel in distinctive capabilities, many of which are growing in scale:

  • Banking and finance, employing 19,000 people. With companies located here such as: HSBC, Santander, BDO, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, RBS
  • The Automotive industry accounts for employing 17,000** across 2,180 companies*
    Inclusive of McLaren Automotive
  • Logistics, employs over 15,000** across 435 companies* Including: IKEA and Next.
  • The Aerospace sector employs over 7,000** across 495 companies*
    Key names being: Boeing, Rolls-Royce, ATI Allvac, Maher, Technicut, and Gould Alloys
  • Professional services – over 7,000 accountants are registered with professional bodies across 8,000 employees in the legal sector, including: DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell, Grant Thornton, PWC, CMS, and many patent attorneys
  • Insurance and pensions key strengths in life and pensions administration employs 7,000 people, names here include: Aviva, Aon Hewitt, Capita, Westfield Health
  • Rail, employs over 2,925** across 315 companies* with names like Babcock Rail
  • Healthcare Technology employs over 2,000 across 85 companies* with names like like B. Braun
  • Nuclear, employs 1,500** across 230 companies* with those like the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • Aviation sector employs over 225, across 10 companies* with names like Textron Aviation

*Based on figures registered in 2017.
**Based on figures registered in 2016.

A super-connected city region

Sheffield City Region is at the heart of the UK and offers new investors a high-quality cost-effective location of choice that is super-connected nationally and internationally