The CharityJob Guide to Living And Working In Sheffield

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Formally known as Steel City, Sheffield still has a lot to offer when it comes to charity jobs. But there’s a lot more to this city than that! Whether you live in the steel city or are moving there, take a look at our essential guide.

Sheffield may have had some economic turmoil in recent decades. But extensive redevelopment has resulted in continuing economic growth making the city on the river Sheaf a place to keep an eye on for the future. It’s a place attracting jobs, investment and ideas. What’s more, it’s potentially an affordable place to live. The city is on edge of the picturesque Pennines, great for the explorer in you and it’s home to the world snooker championship if that’s up your street. Despite some stagnation in the last couple of decades, Sheffield’s economy is now worth 55 billion pounds and it’s a city looking to the future.

A little bit of history

  • Sheffield has a long history, being referenced as early as the 6th  century. It is even mentioned in The Canterbury Tales
  • A great powerhouse of the industrial revolution, Sheffield is known for its world renounced steel production. Something it continues in specialist capacity to this day.
  • It has experienced extensive redevelopment in recent years which has led to a strong economic outlook.
  • The SevenStone project has developed the city centre, creating a retail and business hub for the region.
  • A wonderful place for sport lovers being home to the world snooker champion as well Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United football clubs and the British Athletics Indoor Championships.
The CharityJob Guide to Living And Working In Sheffield

Jobs in Sheffield-where to start

Whether you live in the steel city or are moving there, there are many reasons why Sheffield is a great place to be. You’re literally only a few minutes from the countryside while in a city that has a wholly positive economic outlook. Sheffield could be THE place to look for a charity job in the future.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering what the job prospects in Sheffield really are! Well, the answer to that is good, even with Brexit looming. Like many towns and cities in the region, Sheffield was a manufacturing and production power house during the height of the industrial age. Its economy has suffered at the start of the twenty-first century but is well on the way to recovery. Now it is a strong and diversified economy, consisting of retail, IT and the service industry, retail being the strongest sector. Sheffield is home to two world renowned universities, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam, creating enormous potential for the graduate market. It’s future as a destination for skilled and educated professional looks secure.

Resources for job seekers in Sheffield

So, there’s no need to keep playing the steel city blues, the future is bright for jobs in Sheffield. In fact, why not take a peek at all the great jobs we currently have. But of course, we’re going to be a bit more helpful than that.  Here are some fantastic recruitment agencies in Sheffield, who can give you a helping hand in finding that new job.

Maybe you’re not ready to jump in with an agency yet? That’s ok. Here are some useful places in Sheffield for CV and career advice.

The charity sector

Whilst Sheffield proves to a city where job vacancies are booming, you may have noticed that South Yorkshire does not have the largest amount of charity and not for profit vacancies. Though the number of jobs we hold there is growing. Charites are often reliant on the profit-making sector for donations, so as Sheffield’s economy continues to improve, we expect to charity sector to do the same. But the outlook is positive! There are lots of charitable organisations based in the city, old and new. Jobs can be competitive, so be sure to set up a job alert.

Many notable charities are based in Sheffield:

There are also national charities who operate in the city.

The CharityJob Guide to Living And Working In Sheffield

Employment Market

After having suffered some years of relatively high unemployment, Sheffield has made a significant recovery. Now 75% of the population is reported as being economically active. You can read more about this on the Nomis report.  As with the rest of the nation, low wages prove to be somewhat of an issue, but growth and job creation continue regardless. Furthermore, the proportion of unemployed and economically inactive seems to be dropping with this job creation. So, the prospects for jobs in Sheffield are very positive.


Sheffield has a wide range of housing options. Though prices are increasing, moving more closely towards cities like Leeds. Traditional terraced houses are still reasonably priced in comparison to other locations. Prices are only up very marginally, making the city not an ideal investment opportunity, but an attractive proposition if you looking to live and work there.

  • Houses prices in Sheffield average at about £311,386 for a detached property and £141,182 for terraced.
  • Rental prices in Sheffield come in at an average of £744. Though there is some variation depending on the size of the property.

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Traffic and travel


Sheffield is well connected to the rest of the country via the M1 and M18. Road users can travel north to Leeds and south towards London quite easily. Local roads such as the A57 and A61 connect the city centre with outlying areas and a ring road runs around the edge of the city. Like other major cities, Sheffield can suffer from traffic congestion during the rush hours, so you might want to consider other methods of travel. You’ll want to plan ahead when getting to that job in Sheffield.

There are a few different park and ride options for Sheffield.

Rail and tram

Rail travel is perhaps not as well supported in Sheffield as in some other cities. The layout of the city makes it difficult for an extensive urban rail network, but it is certainly a good option for national travel and may prove quicker than driving to work. The Cross-Country, Midland Mainline and Penistone line all pass through the city, so commuting into Sheffield from nearby towns and cities is possible. Two major stations, Sheffield and Meadowhall serve the city. A small number of suburban stations exist, though the network is not very large.

You can get around the city using the “supertram” tram network, which covers many areas of the city that rail is unable to penetrate. The tram system connects the city centre with outer and suburban areas, including some stops in Derbyshire.

Buses and coaches

National Express and Megabus run services into Sheffield. From the interchange service run further North towards Leeds and South towards London and the South East. Local buses are run on many different routes by multiple operators, including First and Stagecoach. This may seem a little confusing at first, but Citywide tickets will allow you to ride any tram or bus and Citybus tickets will be accepted on any bus route.

On yer’ bike

Sheffield is increasingly striving to become a cycle friendly city. Though most of the emphasis seems to be on recreational cycle routes rather than as a genuine commuting option. Though city centre cycle options are available. Be sure to check out Cycle Sheffield and Sustrans for more information and to join local cycling groups.

And the rest…

Air travel to Sheffield is covered by Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport. Being situated on the River Don, Sheffield is also reachable by both canal and riverboat for the leisurely traveller.

The CharityJob Guide to Living And Working In Sheffield

A few things for the day off

After a hard day’s work at that Charity Job in Sheffield, there’s heaps of stuff to get stuck into on the weekend!

You might be local, or you might be considering moving to Sheffield, either way, it’s a dynamic and welcoming place with a good economic future in the pipeline. It will increasingly be a great place to look for charity job. Why not take a look at all the charity jobs in Sheffield currently on offer?

Sanjay Bheenuck

Content and SEO Lead here at CharityJob. Writer of obscure fiction and global wanderer in my spare time.

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