Derby jobs market

Located on the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire, Derby is a University City known for its vibrant culture, cosmopolitan population, thriving music scene, love for football, and a number of major tourist attractions. A major centre of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, Derby was once a leading manufacturing hub for silk and other products in the UK. Later, the city made a name for itself in advanced transport manufacturing, with large-scale production of locomotives and aircraft engines by leading companies like Toyota and Rolls Royce. From Gothic Derby Cathedral to the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and the iPro Stadium, the city has something to offer to every tourist or expat.
Derby was recently named one of the Top 25 European Cities Overall, for its promising economic and business development prospects. If you are planning to build your career in this highly energetic city, you should know a few things about its key industries and job market.

Job opportunity

Thanks to its central location and excellent connectivity via rail, road, and air; Derby has always been an attractive investment destination in the UK. Most of the jobs are available in manufacturing and engineering sectors of the city. Rolls-Royce recently announced that they will create around 350 jobs in Derby. The Derby Enterprise Growth Fund has generated more than 1000 jobs in the region since its inception. According to The Centre for Cities Outlook report, Derby has been one of the top 10 cities in the UK for creating private sector jobs over the past decade. Rolls-Royce, Toyota, and Bombardier are some of the top employers in the city. The University of Derby and other colleges and technical institutions in the city provide ample employment opportunities for teachers, professors, researchers, and non-teaching staff.

Key Industries

Derby has the fastest growing economy in the UK, according to a recent report by accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young. Gross Value Added (GVA) and average earnings too are one of the highest among all UK cities. Economy of Derby is mainly driven by manufacturing and engineering sectors. However, other sectors, including tourism, education, and logistics have major contributions to the city’s economy. Let’s take a close look at the city’s key job generating sectors.

Advanced engineering and manufacturing

Rolls-Royce, Toyota, and Bombardier employ more than 20,000 people in Derby. In addition to the big names, there are several other small and medium companies, creating hundreds of jobs in the city’s engineering and manufacturing sectors. For instance, companies like JCB, Federal Mogul, and Futaba and Denby Pottery generate many jobs in the Derbyshire region.


The tourism sector in the Derbyshire region employs more than 25,000 people, with most of them employed in the city of Derby. Job opportunities are available in travel companies, hotels, and restaurants.

Food and Drink

Derby is home to many food and drink companies. Sales managers, chefs, care assistants, and food packaging experts can easily find a suitable job in the city. Top companies, including Nestle, Moy Park, and Buxton Water have production units in Derby and surrounding regions.

Research and development

R&D companies abound in the city. Students from The University of Derby and the medical institute at Royal Derby Hospital often start their career with a job in one of the research and development companies located in the city.

Whether you are a student, entry-level professional or an experienced worker, you should not have a problem finding a suitable opportunity in the city.
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