Finding a Job

Bradford has a big economy, which means there are jobs in many different areas.

Big areas of employment in Bradford include:

  • hospitality (eg restaurants, hotels, bars)
  • health and social care (eg hospitals, care homes)
  • education (eg at the university, college and in schools)
  • retail (eg supermarkets, high street shops)
  • construction (eg building)
  • transport (eg driving a delivery van, driving a taxi, bus or lorry)

If you would like some support with getting ready for work, Connecting Opportunities is a very helpful organisation. Their website says:

“We work with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community.”

Phone: 0113 3788 700

You can refer yourself.

Customer Service Points (CSPs)

You can get free advice and support to look for a job from your local Customer Service Point (CSP), run by Bradford Council. They can help you find job vacancies and prepare a CV.

They can also offer advice on further training. You may need an appointment (01274 432772)

There are CSPs in different parts of Bradford:

  • Britannia House BD1 1HX    
  • Eccleshill Library BD2 4SR
  • Laisterdyke Library BD3 8RP
  • Manningham Library BD8 8BB
  • St Oswalds West End Centre BD5 9DH

CSPs also have other services that can help you with housing, benefits and council tax.

There are also libraries, free computers and wi-fi.

Jobcentre Plus

You can also visit a Jobcentre Plus. Jobcentre Plus can help you look for jobs and free training. There is a Universal Jobmatch service which makes your CV available to employers.

Jobcentre Plus is also the place to find out whether you can claim any welfare benefits to support you while you look for work. The main office is in the city centre.

Find out more about the Jobcentre Plus:

What is the Jobcentre Plus


Job agencies (also called recruitment agencies) match up people looking for work with companies which have job vacancies. They can also provide advice on CVs and preparing for an interview.

If you contact an agency they usually invite you for an interview to find out what type of job you are looking for and any relevant skills and experience you have. They will then contact you when a job vacancy is available.

You should never have to pay a fee for using a recruitment agency.

It is the employers who pay for their services.

Where you need to go

You can usually sign up with an agency by visiting their offices. You do not usually need to book an appointment, but it is a good idea to phone first to make sure they have the types of jobs you are looking for.

You can use Google Maps to find job or recruitment agencies near you, or try

Job websites

There are many national websites that you can use to look for job vacancies. Here are a few popular ones:

Jobs Today
Total Jobs

You could also try looking at the websites for big employers in Bradford. For example:

Bradford University

Bradford Council Vacancies

NHS (jobs in health – search for Bradford)



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