London is a thriving global city with a strong, growing economy and increasing population.

In 2018, the UK was recorded as the 2nd highest ranking country in Europe in terms of economy. If London was an independent nation, it would rank 7th – ahead of Poland, Sweden and Switzerland!

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, London houses over 8 million residents, who collectively speak over 300 languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and of course English.

In September 2018, Nomis recorded 35,132,712 workers in the UK – 5,983,205 of which are in London; that’s 17% of the UK working in the Capital!

The top 5 industries that people work for in London are:

  • Information and communication

  • Administrative and support service activities

  • Human health and social work activities

  • Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

  • Professional, scientific and technical activities


Crossrail is among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, Elizabeth line will change the way people travel around the capital.  

Over the course of the project: 

  • At least 75,000 opportunities for businesses, generating enough work to support the equivalent of 55,000 full time jobs. 

  • More than 1,000 apprenticeships created 

  • 20,000 people will receive training at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in Ilford, which has now been taken on by Transport for London. 

  • More than 5,000 unemployed and local people employed thanks to a partnership between Crossrail contractors and Jobcentre Plus. 

  • Over 40,000 students taught about the project and engineering through the Young Crossrail programme that partnered with local schools along the route. 

You can learn more about working for the Crossrail project at


High Speed 2 (HS2) is a high-speed railway under construction in the United Kingdom which, when completed, will directly connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. The first phase of the £56bn railway is due to open in December 2026, with trains to travel at high speed between London and Birmingham before continuing the existing West Coast Main Line. 

At least 2,000 apprentices will take their first career steps or re-train on the project and, at peak construction, 30,000 jobs will be created to design and build HS2.

You can learn more about working for the HS2 project at


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