Jobs in Kirklees

Huddersfield town centreEmployers in Kirklees are mostly small private sector businesses on a single site ...

... although there are a number of large employers, including Kirklees Metropolitan Council, the NHS, The University of Huddersfield and several large manufacturing companies, so if you're looking for work you should consider both large and small employers. Start by searching for local vacancies                       

Key sectors for the area include:

    • World famous high end textiles
    • Innovative advanced manufacturing
    • Financial, insurance and business services
    • Creative and digital businesses, a small but fast growing sector
    • Other important sectors of employment include health and social care, education, retail, wholesale and construction

Kirklees Top 100, includes businesses such as:

  • Wesco Aircraft - based in Cleckheaton and Clayton West, supplies parts for aircraft from small jets through to commercial airliners and military planes
  • SimplyBiz Group - based in Huddersfield, provides financial services technology and outsourced regulatory and business support to the retail financial services market
  • Buy It Direct Group – based in Huddersfield, UK online retailer, includes other brands, such as Appliances Direct, Laptops Direct and Furniture 123.
  • PPG Architectural Coatings - based in Birstall, paint manufacturer making paint brands Johnstone’s and Leyland
  • ALS Laboratories – based in Mirfield, major provider of analytical testing services
  • FMG Group - based in Bradley, Huddersfield, the UK provider of fleet incident management and specialist vehicle recovery services
  • Thornton & Ross - based in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, UK OTC pharmaceutical manufacturers, includes household names such as Zoflora, Covonia, Cetraben and Hedrin
  • Morses Club - based in Batley, major provider of consumer finance to people in the UK
  • Continental Wine and Food (CWF) - based in Huddersfield, major importer, agent and distributor of more than 1,500 specialist continental foods, wines, liqueurs and spirits
  • MRC Global - based in Cleckheaton, leading supplier of pipes, valves and fittings for the energy market, with a major distribution base, and a valve and engineering centre

Source: Kirklees Top 100, 2020 edition from 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC), Huddersfield Examiner, University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Council

Kirkless economic strategy 2019-2025, published 2019, contains further detailed background information on the Kirklees area, including:

Manufacturing and engineering businesses in Kirklees employ 25,000 people
oooooo  This is double the national average for manufacturing and engineering, at 16% of the Kirklees economy. The main areas of expertise include textiles and products such as gears, valves, pumps and turbo chargers. Over 13 times the national average number of people are employed in textiles and nearly three times the national average are employed in manufacturing and engineering businesses.



 Mill image for textiles  Cog image for engineering


The following companies are listed in the London Stock Exchange Group '1000 companies to inspire Britain'  2019, a directory of fastest growing small and medium-sized companies:

Athena Civil Engineering Construction Birstall

City District Ltd Food and drink


Jay-Be Bed manufacturer and retailer Dewsbury

Phoenox Textiles Flooring textile manufacturer Huddersfield

Examples of companies in Kirklees's key sectors (170kb PDF)

A lot of jobs are thought to be filled by word of mouth, the list below provides ...

... a guide to the most frequently advertised ONLINE vacancies between 22 May 2018 to 20 May 2019:

Care workers and home carers
Sales related occupations n.e.c.
Other administrative occupations n.e.c.
Customer service occupations n.e.c.
Secondary education teaching professionals
Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.
Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.
Teaching assistants
Large goods vehicle drivers

Main industry groups advertised online only:
Human health activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Food and beverage service activities
Social work activities without accommodation
Legal and accounting activities
Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
Land transport and transport via pipelines
Residential care activities



Source: Labour Insight, Burning Glass Solutions May 2019                                   
*n.e.c. - not elsewhere classified

The sectors with the largest numbers of employees in Kirklees in 2017 were:

Sector No. of employees 2016 No. of employees 2017 Trend
Retail and wholesale 28,000 31,000 up arrow

Manufacturing 21,000 25,000 up arrow

Health and social care 21,000 19,000

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Education 18,000  16,000

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Accommodation and food services 9,000  10,000

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Construction 9,000 8,000

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Professional, scientific and technical 8,000  9,000

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Business administration and support services 8,000  9,000

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Transport and storage 7,000  7,000


Arts, entertainment and recreation No reliable data 3,000  

Source: BRES via NOMIS October 2018 (data rounded to nearest 100)


Page updated June 2019

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