Leeds has jobs in many of different areas. Big areas of employment in Leeds include:

  • hospitality (for example hotels, bars, restaurants)
  • health and social care (for example hospitals, care homes)
  • education (for example universities, colleges and schools)
  • financial services (for example banks, insurance)
  • retail (for example supermarkets, high street shops)
  • construction (for example building)
  • transport (for example driving a taxi, bus or lorry)

For information and help about starting a new career and about training courses and available funding, you can contact the National Careers Service. Telephone interpreters are available for this service. An adviser can also help you find information about becoming self-employed or starting your own business.

Specialist Help for Refugees

RETAS (Refugee Education and Training Advice Service) helps refugees and asylum seekers in West Yorkshire to integrate through support and guidance with employment, education and training.

233-237 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 4HS
0113 380 5630

PATH Yorkshire provide information, guidance, one-to-one support, professional training, teacher training, support with starting your own business, networking, and free English/ESOL classes across Leeds.

PATH Yorkshire
PATH Yorkshire, 29 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD
0113 262 4600

Connecting Opportunities supports new migrants in Leeds (and across West and North Yorkshire) to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. It includes free training, English classes and support designed for individual needs.

Find out more on the Migration Yorkshire website.

Migration Yorkshire
0113 3788 700

One Stop Centres and Community Hubs

You can get free advice and support to look for a job from your local One Stop Centre or Community Hub, which are run by Leeds City Council. They can both help you find job vacancies, prepare a CV and offer advice on further training. You don’t need an appointment.

There are 19 One Stop Centres and Community Hubs in different neighbourhoods of Leeds. They offer job search help and advice. Community Hubs also have other services that can help you with housing, benefits and council tax. There are also libraries, free computers and wi-fi.

You can find your nearest One Stop Centre by putting your postcode into the search tool on the Leeds City Council.

Find Your Nearest One Stop Centre

You can find your nearest Community Hub here:

Find Your Nearest Community Hub

Jobcentre Plus

You can also visit a Jobcentre Plus. Jobcentre Plus can help you look for jobs and free training. There is a Universal Jobmatch service which makes your CV available to employers.

Jobcentre Plus is also the place to find out whether you can claim any welfare benefits to support you while you look for work. The main office is in the city centre.

21-22 Park Pl, Leeds LS1 2SL or
35 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7RE
0800 1690190

You can also find Jobcentre Plus in Osmondthorpe, Hunslet, Seacroft, Morley, Pudsey, Guiseley. Find your local Job Centre Plus on the GOV.UK website:

Find Your Local Jobcentre Plus

Find out more about the Jobcentre Plus:

What is the Jobcentre Plus?


Job agencies (also called recruitment agencies) match up people looking for work with companies which have job vacancies. They can also provide advice on CVs and preparing for an interview.

If you contact an employment agency they usually invite you for an interview to find out what type of job you are looking for and any relevant skills and experience you have. They will then contact you when a job vacancy is available.

You should never have to pay a fee for using a recruitment agency – it is the employers who pay for their services.

Where you need to go

You can usually sign up with an agency by visiting their offices. You do not usually need to book an appointment, but it is a good idea to phone first to make sure they have the types of jobs you are looking for.

You can use Google Maps to find job or recruitment agency near you

Job websites

There are many national websites that you can use to look for job vacancies, here are a few popular ones:

Jobs Today
Total Jobs

You could also try looking at the websites for big employers in Leeds. For example:

Leeds Beckett University
Leeds City Council
NHS (jobs in health) (search for Leeds)
University of Leeds



Last Updated: 3 January 2019

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