Coventry and Warwickshire are home to some of the biggest names in the automotive, energy and financial services sectors. Many jobs can be also found in the area's world-class R&D facilities, universities and science parks.
With 1,500 dedicated automative suppliers, Coventry and Warwickshire can claim to be the home of the UK’s automotive industry. There are several international companies based in the area including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, General Electric, and Aston Martin Lagonda, supported by a well-established advanced manufacturing and engineering sector that employs around 34,000 people. The sector is being transformed by technological innovations. Research and development in the area of smart mobility, driverless technology, electric vehicles and low carbon technologies is creating many new job opportunities.
Financial, business and professional services are one of the largest employment sector in Coventry and Warwickshire (over 90,000 jobs). The area is home to the head offices of many large businesses; these range from food retail (Aldi) and clothing design (Tu Clothing) to energy (National Grid), financial services (Coventry Building Society) and insurance (NFU Mutual).
More than 113,000 people across Coventry and Warwickshire work in public services, education and health and social care (that’s nearly 25% of the workforce).
The gaming and creative industries are high-growth sectors. The gaming cluster centred around the towns of Leamington Spa,Warwick and Southam (sometimes called ‘Silicon Spa') counts over 30 gaming studios that employ around 2,000 people. Largest studios include Codemasters, Exient and Ubisoft Leamington, but there are many more smaller gaming companies in the wider Coventry and Warwickshire area.
Coventry was named the UK's City of Culture 2021 which has led to increased investment in the local arts, cultural and entertainment sector, and has helped the sector as well as closely related tourism and hospitality sectors to rebounce faster.
Last Updated: 22 November 2021