There has been a significant increase in the number of jobs available in the financial and professional services sector in the Northwest in the last few years, with over 320,000 people now employed in these industries. Major employers in the region include RBS, Co-operative Financial Services, HBOS, and Barclays. The three main centres for such employment are Manchester, Chester and Liverpool. Manchester is home to a large number of banking, accountancy and law firms, including the detailed areas of ethical and corporate finance, as well as global custody. In Chester, more than 12% of the population are employed by the financial services sector, with major firms including the Bank of America and Marks and Spencer's Financial services. Liverpool is a hub for wealth management, hot on the heels of London and Edinburgh.
The Northwest is also home to Europe's second largest creative and digital market, with over 31,000 businesses employing more than 300,000 people. Over 500 TV productions are made in the region every year, alongside publishing, animation and film. The Northwest is also home to the largest range of advertising, PR, design and marketing services, after London. Worldwide companies such as McCann, IAS and Weber Shandwick and a host of independent companies generate some £1.25 billion GVA. Manchester is currently developing a high-tech, bespoke creative centre at the Salford Quays on Manchester's waterfront. Called MediaCityUK, it is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and help to enhance the Northwest's reputation as a digital and creative hub.
Job creation in the Northwest is significantly higher than other parts of the UK, thanks partly to the large number of foreign companies investing in industry, especially those from America and Europe. Alongside the large manufacturing, chemical, high technology and engineering companies, there has also been a notable increase in sales and service centres, and the expansion of the IT and Food and Beverage industries. The health care service continues to be one of the region's largest employers, along with the local government and civil service.
Recruitment agencies like Daniel Adams offer a diverse choice of job opportunities across all the sectors in the Northwest. Candidates are guided through the myriad opportunities and receive professional help with the application process, allowing them to match their skills and aspirations with the jobs on offer.