If you’re an innovative thinker, an effective communicator with an understanding of digital technologies, a career in media and creative could be for you.

Generating £111.7 billion revenue each year and employing over 2 million people across the UK, the media and creative industry is one that keeps on growing with 1 in 8 UK businesses being in the sector. The constant shift in the technological world is creating a constant flow of new job opportunities and Stockport is no exception.

There’s a whole host of large and small media organisations based in our borough and across Greater Manchester which could see you work in a variety of settings, from film sets to a news outlets head office – the possibilities are endless and no two days are ever the same with creativity championed!

Labour Market Information

Like with many industries, new and more sophisticated technologies are leading companies to invest in new ways to understand and communicate with their customers. From video advertising to virtual reality, social media and mobile devices for example are often cheaper and more instant ways to deliver brand messaging.

Traditionally the majority of jobs were based in London and the South, but since Media City relocated to Salford Quays in 2007 the North West has become a regional creative hub and led to new jobs being created and more businesses emerging. Here in Stockport, there’s a diverse range of large, mid-sized and micro marketing firms and consultancies who are always on the look out for bright sparks to launch their career.

That being said, the marketing, advertising and PR sector is still a candidate driven market, with good applicants being in-demand. Digital marketing continues to be the most sought after skill-set, although employers tend to look for a diverse mix – from strong analytical skills to interpret customer insights through to design skills to create engaging content. With a high proportion of SMEs and Micro-businesses based in Stockport, that’s perhaps even more important so you can offer future employers the full suite of skills to work across different clients, campaigns and business areas to support their growth and success.

Starting Salary

£11.44 per hour or £18,000
per annum

Typical Salary Range

per annum

Working Hours

37 to 39 hours per week, between 8am and 6pm

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LMI Infographic from GMACS

GMACS have produced a range of helpful infographics to summarise careers in the Creative & Culture sector and the current employment landscape in Greater Manchester. According to the stats, the most in-demand roles are as a Digital Marketing Specialist, Events Organiser or Software Developer and you may find yourself working for BBC or ITV Studios, N Brown Group or Crowd Imperium Games.

You can view the full infographic and click on the links for more information by selecting the button below to view as a PDF.

Working in Creative & Media

  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Photographer
  • Designer
  • Runner, researcher or producer
  • Technical staff
  • Digital marketer
  • UX Designer
  • Music artist
  • Copywriter
  • Presenter
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking
  • Handling criticism
  • Multitasking
  • Organisational skills
  • Prioritizing
  • Digital skills
  • Photo and video editing skills
  • Awareness and interest in the latest trends
  • Listening skills
  • Understanding of different customer needs or audiences

Whether it be an internship, work experience, A-Levels, an apprenticeship or university – there’s plenty of routes into a Media and Creative career. Choosing the apprenticeship route, you could start on a Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship straight after your GCSEs then choose to continue with higher level qualifications or specialising in a particular field – from journalism to content creation.

With the industry constantly changing, the university route allows students to learn from emerging trends and technologies. Some universities also allow students to take a years placement which gives the same opportunities as apprenticeships, allowing students to have the fundamental knowledge of the job role and align their knowledge with real life experience.

There are also a range of different fast-track training courses in the sector surrounding topics like songwriting, music producing and digital marketing on offer with charities such as The Prince’s trust often offered in conjunction with household names in the industry.

I think it’s fair to say that the importance of the media and creative industry has increased dramatically over the last 2 years. The opportunity to work creatively and professionally is a chance not many people have and proves that the sector is one of the most desirable amongst its peers, with a growing industry comes growing opportunities and we can’t see it slowing down any time soon!

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