View Full Version : Brain drain Sheffield to Leeds?


mattjon
08-01-2007, 12:19
On a number of recent threads, I have noticed people seeking advice on commuting/working/ parking in Leeds.
Is this all part of a sinister plan, the consequences of which are to enable Leeds to entice the good people of Sheffield to take their skills elsewhere.
It would be interesting to find out how many people have re-located to work in Leeds and the type of work that is attracting them.

Merry_Legs
08-01-2007, 12:29
My friend left a job at Sheff Uni to get a job at Unilever in Leeds/Seacroft. I don't think she regrets it.

JoeP
08-01-2007, 12:35
I looked in to it but to afford a house in Leeds of the same type in a similar area would have at least doubled my mortgage, assuming I could have actually afforded it at all!!

I contracted in leeds for several years - the commute's a bit of a pig but it would have to be a VERY well paid job to get me to live there.

And if it were that well paid, I'd simply stay in Sheffield and hire a Chauffeur! :)

nightrider
08-01-2007, 12:35
On a number of recent threads, I have noticed people seeking advice on commuting/working/ parking in Leeds.
Is this all part of a sinister plan, the consequences of which are to enable Leeds to entice the good people of Sheffield to take their skills elsewhere.
It would be interesting to find out how many people have re-located to work in Leeds and the type of work that is attracting them.

The impression I get is leeds just has more jobs that require high level skills (it, engineering etc). Most graduates I know in sheffield complain there are no graduate level jobs here. And certainly my next job wont be in sheffield for the same reason - there are no jobs here that make use of my skills.

Ginger_Kitty
08-01-2007, 12:37
The impression I get is leeds just has more jobs that require high level skills (it, engineering etc). Most graduates I know in sheffield complain there are no graduate level jobs here. And certainly my next job wont be in sheffield for the same reason - there are no jobs here that make use of my skills.
I'm working in York for the same reasons, i could find nothing in Sheffield that suited my qualifications, I'm now job hunting again and there's still nothing...

Elphi 24
08-01-2007, 12:41
I work in Leeds, left a job in Sheffield to take up post as a Charity Director. I do the commute tho as prefer to be round family and friends.

alchresearch
08-01-2007, 14:59
The impression I get is leeds just has more jobs that require high level skills (it, engineering etc). Most graduates I know in sheffield complain there are no graduate level jobs here.

I went to Manchester for the same reason. I glance at The Star on Thursdays and it just pales in comparison to the career opportunities over here.

Leg-end
08-01-2007, 15:08
Yeah, i'm trying to relocate back up North and use my MSc in GIS, but there isn't a single thing about (i appreciate Jan is not a busy time for recruiting). I'll more than likely end up in Manchester or Leeds.

eralc
08-01-2007, 16:50
If it's any help... count me in as someone who works in Sheffield but lives in Leeds!

However, this is only a temporary exile of a few months... post getting married and pre selling my house / buying another in Sheffield. Then I just have to hope that my husband can get a decent IT/systems analyst job here and not lumber him with the dreaded commute. Any tips?

Clare

Unisol
08-01-2007, 16:58
Has anyone actually considered starting up their own company in their such specialist field?

You could then be the best in your field in the Sheffield area and demand the highest rates for your product/service.

Just a thought.

firecracker
09-01-2007, 10:05
There's nothing sinister about the brain drain. It is real. Sheffield IS lacking in opportunities as regards jobs, especially jobs with real career pathways. A former colleague of mine has stated his intention to move down to Nottingham to stay with relatives because of dire opportunities in Sheffield. He obviously thinks he might have a much better chance there, and one look at any jobsite reveals far more vacancies in Nottingham than in Sheffield. Its no use trying to pretend out of sentimentality that Sheffield is better than Leeds or Nottingham for job opportunities. It isn't. It is way way way behind either city. Painful it is to admit this - the bullet has to be bitten by admitting the truth. And at the end of the day, hostility towards Leeds and Nottingham on these forums seems to be based on envy more than anything else.

Leg-end
09-01-2007, 14:44
There's nothing sinister about the brain drain. It is real. Sheffield IS lacking in opportunities as regards jobs, especially jobs with real career pathways. A former colleague of mine has stated his intention to move down to Nottingham to stay with relatives because of dire opportunities in Sheffield. He obviously thinks he might have a much better chance there, and one look at any jobsite reveals far more vacancies in Nottingham than in Sheffield. Its no use trying to pretend out of sentimentality that Sheffield is better than Leeds or Nottingham for job opportunities. It isn't. It is way way way behind either city. Painful it is to admit this - the bullet has to be bitten by admitting the truth. And at the end of the day, hostility towards Leeds and Nottingham on these forums seems to be based on envy more than anything else.

I think that's always the case on forums.

Leeds is a good city, its just full of Leodensians!

alchresearch
09-01-2007, 15:22
Its no use trying to pretend out of sentimentality that Sheffield is better than Leeds or Nottingham for job opportunities. It isn't. It is way way way behind either city. Painful it is to admit this - the bullet has to be bitten by admitting the truth.

Good point. The city is a great place, but if it's holding you back you have to move to better yourself. I'm not bitter or angry at having to leave Sheffield, just sad at the lack of opportunity due to either socio-economic factors, awkward geographic location or just a badly run council.

banesmabes
09-01-2007, 16:02
(i appreciate Jan is not a busy time for recruiting).

I've worked in recruitment for over 5 years and January is actually by far the busiest month for recruiting!

banesmabes
09-01-2007, 16:07
I think a huge problem with Sheffield is that it is about 10-15 years behind other big cities with regard to investment/improvement of the city. We are only just beginning to see the type of investment and building that the likes of Leeds and Manchester saw in the mid 90s onwards. Large companies are going to be attracted to attractive locations, as they have corporate images to maintain. They don't want 1960s concrete blocks located near a decaying city centre. Maybe in 10 years we might see more opportunities in Sheffield. Cheaper living means there's a good pool of skills here, so once the city improves companies may start to base large offices here.