Large employers in the West Midlands

The West Midlands offers a great variety of careers working in small and medium sized companies but these are some of the largest employers in the region who are normally looking to recruit staff:

National Health Service  (

The NHS is the biggest employer in the UK and fifth largest employer in the world. There are approximately 126,000 staff employed by the NHS in the West Midlands.

Jaguar Land Rover (

Jaguar has its headquarters in Coventry but has five manufacturing plants across the region.

National Express (

This UK wide business has its headquarters in Birmingham from which it runs both its national coach service and the primary local bus service, West Midlands Travel.

Sainsbury’s (

Sainsbury’s has a range of outlets across the West Midlands.

Mondelez International (

The iconic West Midlands brand Cadbury’s, now owned by American corporation Mondelez, still has its main manufacturing base in Bournville.

Whitbread (

Whitbread owns several recognisable brands that stretch across the region, including Costa Coffee, Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre.

Specialist Computer Centres (

SCC is an IT integration company with bases across Europe.

The University of Birmingham (

The university supports 15,545 jobs in the West Midlands - almost one in 50 jobs in Birmingham.

AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd (

With a support centre based in Coventry, AAH Pharmaceuticals are part of a chain of companies including Lloyds Pharmacies who offer a range of jobs for pharmacists, dispensers, customer support assistants and warehouse operatives nationwide.

JCB Service (

Major global engineering and construction company based in Staffordshire.

GKN Plc (​)

Global engineering business with its headquarters in the West Midlands.