Whilst retaining its preeminent position in manufacturing, the North West region now has a more diversified job market. The rise in sales and service centres has led to a growth in the scope of employment and has led to more flexible working schemes which are advantageous to companies and employees alike.
The region is home to two major international airports in Liverpool and Manchester, which provide a base for the region's tourism sector. Tourism plays an important role in the regions economy and is a constantly expanding area, with each North West region being able to attract significant number of tourists, increasing job opportunities.
Excellent training and educational facilities, together with a low cost of living and the prevalence of some leading industrial sectors have made the North West attractive for employees from within the region and further afield. Records demonstrate that there are adequate graduate jobs and approximately 68% of those who study in the region choose to stay on and find local employment.
New manufacturing opportunities in the digital and chemical industries, as well as Aerospace production have kept the region's job market vibrant. BAE Systems which manufacture military aircraft are a major employer. The chemical industries, IT, Food and Beverage related professions, local government and the civil service are also amongst the region's best graduate employers.