August 21, 2012 09:54 ET

The Most Desirable Companies in Birmingham

Spotlight on Sectors Doing Most to Boost Employment Rates in the City, and Top Companies to Work for in the Area

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) -

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Birmingham is the UK's second-largest city. It accommodates the second-largest airport in the UK and with an annual turnover of nearly £2.5 billion, the third-largest retail centre too.

Manufacturing continues its strong tradition of employment in the region; but as the development of technology over the last three decades has altered the way we live and do business, jobs in Birmingham have also diversified.

As many of the UK's cities make the switch from public to private sector employment - Birmingham has traditionally been a centre for public sector, particularly health and education jobs - what are the most dynamic and desirable companies working out of the West Midlands?

One of Birmingham's most prominent industry sectors remains Manufacturing: contemporary developments in the city go to prove that this century's old source of employment remains just as vibrant in the 21st century. Local Brummie blogger, Beverly Nielsen writes about the manufacturing power that Birmingham still holds today.

Both Jaguar automobiles and the Cadbury Trebor Bassett factory in Bournville have brought forward-thinking design and longevity into their branding and products, and continue to employ thousands in the local area.

Birmingham Cable and British Telecom are two of the biggest employers in the telecommunications sector, particularly for those looking for IT jobs. BT has one of its largest UK offices in Birmingham and remains a desirable place to build a career, offering training and travel opportunities and promotions throughout its UK offices.

The latest sectors to enjoy a successful introduction into the employment market are retail, leisure and culture. Tourism is fast becoming one of the city's main sources of income, with over 20 million visitors a year.

One thing that Birmingham business does extremely well is mix business with pleasure - the Birmingham NEC is one of the area's busiest venues, attracting 42% of the UK's conference business, as well as hosting major concerts and roadshows.

The NEC Group is a large regional employer - and a very diverse one, combining skilled workers in a variety of fields, from security to social media. The Bullring shopping centre, and its major inhabitants Selfridges and Debenhams, are also proving to be frontrunners in the renewed life of the branded retail sector.

Following John Lewis, these major retail brands are overtaking financing firms as go-to places for graduate recruitment and long-term careers in management, logistics and merchandising.

Notes to editors:

• Each month the Reed Job Index tracks the number of new job opportunities and the salaries on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009. The Reed Job Index is based on data from the UK's largest job board,, which every day lists over 100,000 job opportunities from more than 9,000 recruiters across 37 career sectors and 12 regions throughout the UK.

• The Reed Job Index is compiled by data drawn from on-line job vacancies and job-seeker activity on is the UK's largest commercial job board, with over 100,000 job opportunities from more than 8,000 recruiters at any one time.

• Independent measurement by Hitwise verifies that has the highest market share of visits for any commercial job board in the UK. is part of Reed Global, the international recruitment group of companies.

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