Working and living in Bradford

Covering 140+ square miles and home to 530,000+ people, Bradford holds an untapped potential that few areas can match. Bradford centre combines handsome Victoria architecture with the culture, bustle, and social life of a thriving modern city.

Working and living in Bradford

The city is situated on the edge of the West Yorkshire urban conurbation. The wide open spaces of Baildon Moor and Rombalds Moor are close by, the wild Pennine Moors around Haworth and the Bronte Country lie immediately to the west, and Ilkley Moor is the gateway to the stunningly beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Bradford is located at the centre of the UK, with the M606, a spur off the M62 motorway, connecting it to the national motorway network. It has direct rail connections to London and Leeds Bradford Airport is just six miles from the city centre.

One of the most striking features of the district is its ethnic and cultural diversity. 37% of the population are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (compared to 13% nationwide), including a large proportion of people of Pakistani origin (20%). Bradford is the youngest district in the UK with nearly one third of the population under 20.

In May 2022, Bradford was named UK City of Culture 2025. Awarded every four years, the City of Culture title has had a transformational impact on previous host cities, securing millions of pounds of investment and acting as a catalyst for creativity and regeneration.

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Come and work with us

Bradford inspires much love and pride among those who live here. But it also has many challenges that we’re working hard to address. This makes it an ideal place to develop your social work career. Bring skills, expertise and heart to Bradford and you can make a real difference to young people’s lives. To find out more and apply visit Jobs - Bring Heart Bradford

Relocation support

For international candidates, registration with Social Work England is essential. Further information can be found on the SWE website.