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

The UK is the 2nd highest ranking country in Europe in terms of economy and ranks 6th in the world.

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, London houses close to 9 million residents, who collectively speak over 300 languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and of course English.

In September 2021, Nomis recorded 32.4 million workers in the UK – 4.7 million of which are in London: that’s 14.6% of the UK working in the Capital!

The top 5 occupation groups of the people who work in London are:

  • Professional, scientific and technical activities
  • Managers, Directors and Senior Officials
  • Administrative and Secretarial
  • Human health and social work activities
  • Skilled Trades Occupations


High Speed 2 (HS2) is a high-speed railway under construction in the United Kingdom.

When finished it will directly connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. The first phase of the £56bn railway is due to open in December 2029, with trains to travel at high speed between London and Birmingham before continuing the existing West Coast Main Line. 

HS2 is at an advanced stage. There are over 200 active work sites between London and Birmingham.

Building Phase One of the HS2 route supports 22,000 jobs, including many apprentices. Around 2,000 businesses have already delivered works for HS2, 60% of which are SMEs and 95% are based in the UK. You can learn more about working for the HS2 project at

HS2’s Tier One construction partners based in Greater London: Skanska Costain STRABAG (SCS JV), Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA (BBVS JV), Align JV and Mace Dragados JV, confirmed that they will collectively recruit over 10,000 new jobs as HS2 gears up for major construction.

HS2 is already playing a large part in supporting Britain’s post-coronavirus economic recovery.

You can learn more about working for the HS2 project at


To find out about jobs in your area of London, check out our area breakdowns:


"World Economic Outlook Database, October 2020"
International Monetary Fund

Last update:
October 2021

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