Stoke-on-Trent job growth boosted in biomedical sciences
This city is booming.
Once again, Stoke-on-Trent is the nation’s fourth fastest in employment growth, leaving cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham in its wake.
According to a recent study by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research, these UK Powerhouse figures also show that Stoke-on-Trent had year-on-year expansion at 1.6% and it’s forecast that this will rise to 1.7% by the end of next year. Fortunately, we’re also producing a qualified workforce to meet the growing demand.
Since the healthcare industry is growing exponentially with all our baby boomers, who are not booming as energetically anymore, there is a huge demand for suitable candidates in this niche. With educational establishments like Staffordshire University turning out work-ready graduates who are stepping straight into jobs, degrees like biomedical science are experiencing 100% employment rates post-graduation.
If you’ve never considered this avenue for employment, you may be surprised to learn how many biomedical scientist jobs there are:
Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
Healthcare scientist, genomics
Healthcare scientist, haematology
Healthcare scientist, immunology
Research scientist (medical)
And this doesn’t even touch on associated occupations that people with these qualifications can enter such as: environmental engineer, lecturer, medical sales representative, nanotechnologist and science writer. All these careers are in demand both locally and globally; there are 7 major healthcare providers in the county and countless other private institutions and agencies.
With the buoyant nature of Stoke-on-Trent, booming growth, an educated workforce and more expansion to come, the future looks good.
There are major, new development schemes ahead, according to the city council, including the East-West precinct, the Swift House scheme to the railway station, Smithfield (office accommodation, build-to-rent apartments and a Hilton Hotel), never mind the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
It’s no surprise that the city is in the country’s top ten of places to start a new business, ahead of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. Our wages are nationally comparable and the quality of life here is improving by leaps and bounds.
In The UK Quality of Life Index, Stoke-on-Trent climbed an enormous 68 places and is now 83rd best in England. It still has a way to go, but the omens are in our favour.
House prices are among the lowest nationwide and living costs are below the average. All in all, there are few places better to live and work than right here: bustling city centres, old-fashioned market towns, rich history and heritage, stately homes and cathedrals, as well as some of the best food in the nation. As we know in Stoke-on-Trent, a quarter of a million people can’t be wrong.