Rotherham has transformed itself over the last decade and is playing a major role in the forefront of Yorkshire’s resurgence. It has a proud industrial heritage, but is now building a new future with exciting new jobs and investment.
Rotherham has created a diverse and thriving local economy, offering excellent conditions for jobs and businesses. Almost 90 overseas companies have already invested in Rotherham. They and local companies operate across a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, food production, healthcare, automotive components, ICT and other hi-tech industries.
Key facts about Rotherham include:
- Approximately 52% of the Borough is rural, and the town is surrounded by attractive villages and rolling countryside
- It has a population of around 256,000 with a vibrant mix of people, cultures and communities
- It has excellent transport links to both the rest of the country and beyond, served by excellent road, rail and air links, with both the M1 and M18 passing through the borough
- It has competitive land prices and is one of the most cost effective locations in the UK
- The joint Rotherham and Sheffield economy has a larger working age population than Leeds, with job growth between 2000-2005 double that of Leeds.
- Over 18% of Rotherham's workforce (19,000) work in growth sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Creative and Digital and Energy and Environmental. Not only is this the highest proportion of any of the South Yorkshire districts, it is also well above the national average of 14%.
- It’s an increasingly prosperous town, with investment at an all-time high, and a vibrant economy
- The quality of life in Rotherham is good, and the cost of living is significantly less than the UK average
- Educational attainment is improving year by year
- Rotherham has a wide range of new leisure facilities and activities
- Rotherham is a comparatively safe place to live, with the lowest crime-rate in South Yorkshire, and violent crime is less than half the national average
- Rotherham has the highest rate of business spend on R & D in South Yorkshire, £2.9M per 10,000 jobs.