What jobs are in Croydon?
The main employment sectors in central Croydon are retail and enterprise. Also, the area ‘Purley Way’ has many retail parks, outlets and malls, making it a destination for shoppers looking for stores that carry their full range of products. Here there are many opportunities for sales assistants, consultants and store managers. IKEA Croydon brought many non-skilled jobs to Croydon and is the fifth biggest employer in Croydon.

The borough also has many markets, including the Surrey Street Market and Boxpark. Both provide opportunities for independent catering companies, food trucks and entrepreneurs. Tramlink created many jobs when it opened in 2000 for drivers and engineers. The borough is now a major head office area in the southeast of England, being the largest outside central London.

Companies including American International Group, Nestle, and Virgin Media have their head offices in Croydon, offering large and varied employment opportunities. Mott MacDonald, an international engineering and management consultant, has its head office in Croydon, providing jobs in international development, technology and urban development.

What is it like living in Croydon?
Regeneration has been the main goal in the south London town of Croydon. Soon another of the popular Westfield shopping mall franchise will open, further enhancing the area as a shopping destination. There is a huge variety of homes in Croydon, from large detached Victorian houses in South Croydon to two-bedroom Victorian cottages in West Croydon. Most property sales in Croydon involve flats which sell for an average of £305,000.

Kris Paterson is a writer for whatjobs