The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

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Home to probably the most legendary charity pioneer of all time, Robin Hood, Nottingham is so much more than just the English folktales you learned in primary school. From the Victorian red-brick of the Lace Market to the regal 11th-century castle on a crag overlooking the city; Nottingham is a place steeped in remarkable antiquity and culture.


A little bit of history…

  • Beneath the town is a labyrinth of ancient underground caves you can explore; take part in a historical tour or enjoy a cocktail a tasty meal in the hidden taverna.
  • In 2002 the world’s smallest cinema, Screen 22 was built in the heart of the city for a cosy film watching experience to book out with your friends. We’ll let you guess how many they seat.
  • The second biggest town legend, HP Sauce, was birthed on Notts soil.
  • Déjà-vu? If you’re a Batman fan, you’ll recognise Nottingham’s famous Elizabethan country house, Wollaton Hall, in The Dark Knight Rises.
The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

Jobs in Nottingham – where to start?

So, you’re thinking of moving to the ‘Queen of the Midlands.’ But how do you go about finding a job in Nottingham?

Once an epicentre of lace and hosiery manufacturing, Nottingham has evolved into a hotbed of creativity and opportunity. Like most major cities in the UK, it’s got a buzzing, metropolitan feel, attracting residents from all around the world. And areas like the Creative Quarter are ripe with digital and creative start-ups with plenty of co-working space.

For those interested in working in the field of science and technology, Nottingham is home to the UK’s largest bioscience innovation and incubation centre, BioCity Nottingham. The centre provides support for local enterprises and the bioscience industry, boosting employment opportunities city-wide.

Because of its large student population (more than 60,000 students study here each year), there’s a constant pool of talent for the city’s thriving industries. And for those looking to work in digital, Tech Nottingham is spearheading a campaign to support the city’s tech industries.

In other words, you’ll be sure to find a diverse range of opportunities and businesses to work for. And if you’re wondering where to start, why not check out some of the current third sector jobs available in Nottingham on CharityJob.

Interested in jobs in the private sector? Here are a few recruitment agencies that can help you out:

Or need a hand with your CV? Check out these resources:

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

And what about working for a charity in Nottingham?

Nottingham is a great city to work in if you’re after an intimate, small charity experience. And with nearly 1,600 registered charities to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a cause close to your heart—from youth support to disability funds and conservation trusts. But you’ll have to act quickly as the small charities don’t tend to recruit as often as the larger outlets. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest opportunities in the city, you can set up a job alert for charity jobs in Nottingham.

If you’re interested in volunteering, there are plenty of opportunities to get stuck in with, from supporting the elderly to helping women in domestic violence and working with local kids. Nottingham CVS is a great volunteers’ centre located in the heart of the town, or check out for local online listings.

Some bigger charities with bases in Nottingham include:

Some great local charities include:

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

Employment market in Nottingham

Bouncing back from a previous period of slower economic growth, Nottingham has taken strides the past few years in terms of financial gain. Rather surprisingly, this is due in part to the impact of Brexit, which is expected to influence a 1.5% year-on-year growth. With Nottingham reaching number 15 in the UK on gross value added (GVA), according to the Irwin Mitchell UK Powerhouse table, and employment said to be on the rise by 0.9%, the city remains top dog in employment growth compared to their East Midlands neighbours.

With the flourishing bioscience industry largely contributing this growth, the largest private-sector employers in Nottingham are Boots, the University of Nottingham, E.On and Nottingham Trent University.

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

Living in Nottingham

Combining all the amenities of a thriving city with charming peaceful suburbs means relocating to Nottingham is an alluring option for anyone looking to put down roots. And with house prices almost 4x cheaper than in London, you’d be in the right mind to consider it.

Young professionals in Nottingham opt for accommodations in the Hockley, Lace Market or Sherwood, with the average rent for a 1-bedroom flat in the city at an accessible £505 PCM. Alternatively, the city’s semi-detached houses average at £173,639 to buy. Young families drift more towards suburban locations such as Beeston, West Bridgeford, Arnold and Long Eaton.


Traffic and travel

Trains: Just south of the canal is Nottingham’s well-connected station with frequent departures to Liverpool and Birmingham, with cross-country trains to Cardiff and Norwich. Plus, you can get a direct train to London in under 2 hours!

Buses and coaches: Nottingham prides itself on an award-winning transport network of buses and trams that are frequent and regular. The city strives to be at the forefront of more efficient and a greener service, with plans for electric and biogas buses in the pipeline. And for a retreat to the woods, the Sherwood Arrow takes you from the city centre to Sherwood forest in just over half an hour.

The CharityJob Guide to Living and Working in Nottingham

What’s happening around town?

A city that’s rich in history, yet young at heart, Nottingham is filled with a variety of restaurants, independent shops, bars, theatres and art galleries to explore.

Outdoors – Boasting 500 acres of land, the Wollaton estate is the perfect place to go deer spotting on a Sunday stroll, taking a moment to stop by the botanic garden. Find yourself amongst the backdrop of blooming, manicured gardens, at a local favourite, the Arboretum. And Nottingham hikers can enjoy easy accessibility to the Peak District by car (just an hour drive away).

Sports – Ranked the 2015 ‘Home of English Sport’, you’re spoilt for choice in Nottingham with a football stadium, cricket grounds, rugby pitch, ice hockey rinks and water sports centre. The oldest professional football club in the world, Notts County is proud to be homegrown as well!

Theatre and Music – Classical music and theatre fans alike flock to the Theatre Royal and the Playhouse is where you’ll catch some recognisable Edinburgh Fringe acts, whereas cinephiles are well catered for with an IMAX, as well as plenty of commercial and arthouse cinemas. The Bodega and Rescue Rooms are the main music joints to catch up-and-coming artists and tickets snap up quickly at the Motorpoint stadium, a common tour stop for famous performers.

Shopping – With the whole world once dependant on Nottingham for their lace petticoats, fashion is an essential part of the fabric (excuse the pun) of this city. Located in this same creative quarter, Hockley and Bridlesmith gate are where you can browse independent retailers and vintage shops. The intu Victoria Centre is where locals go for their proper shopping fix, with favourite high street brands under one (very large!) roof.

Think Nottingham sounds like the place for you? Take a look at what’s available now on CharityJob.

Rose Wexler

Rose Wexler is a Marketing Intern at CharityJob. In her spare time, enjoys putting things on plinths and calling it art.

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