Living in Derby

Night time scene of Derby city Derby has promising job prospects, a resilient economy and plenty to keep you entertained.

A city that works hard and plays hard

Derby is a city that knows what business wants, which is good news for graduates.

Global brands like Toyota, Rolls-Royce and Bombardier have all chosen to locate here. It has promising job prospects and a resilient economy.

It’s also a friendly and affordable city that has a passion for sport, a growing cultural scene, and breathtaking countryside on its doorstep. 

A skilled city

Derby has one of the highest skilled workforces in the UK. 38% of workers are in the professional sector, and it boasts the highest average salary outside of London. 12% of employees are in hi-tech functions, which is four times the national average and double that of other hi-tech cities such as Cambridge, Bristol and Reading.

Derby’s key sectors are:

  • Aerospace
  • Software and IT
  • Nuclear Research and Development
  • Automotive
  • Rail Technology
  • Creative.

A well-connected city

Derby is the UK’s most central city and is at the heart of the transport network:

  • 1 ½ hours to London by train
  • 4 hours to Paris by train
  • 10 minutes to the M1
  • 20 minutes to East Midlands Airport by car.

A welcoming, multicultural city

Derby is currently home to 250,000 people and almost 14% of them were born outside of the UK, so it’s a city of many cultures.

Its population is growing, particularly its young professionals, who are attracted to the city’s affordable housing and good job prospects.

There are plenty of ways to spend your leisure time in Derby and the surrounding area:

  • Intu shopping centre includes big brands like Apple, Starbucks, Wagamama and H&M
  • The quainter Cathedral Quarter is home to stylish boutiques and independent cafés
  • The Peak District National Park is only a short drive away and offers miles of inspiring countryside, magnificent stately homes and exhilarating outdoor activities
  • Sports fans can watch live events at Derby County Football Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club or at Derby Arena
  • For cultural activities, there are several theatres and live venues in Derby, a dance house, a centre for art and film, and a number of fascinating museums and galleries. 

A city with a bright future

Derby has received significant investment in the last few years thanks to a £2 billion regeneration masterplan. Future developments include a £20 million hi-tech focused business park, which will include an Innovation Centre run by Derby, Aston and Cranfield universities. This Centre will help companies strengthen their role in the supply chains of Derby’s large aerospace, rail and automotive companies.

Statistics and regeneration information provided by Marketing Derby

  • Derby city at night
  • Intu shopping centre, home to big retail brands
  • Derby Arena
  • River Derwent running through Derby
  • Dining out in Derby
  • The waterfall in Derby market place
  • Darley Park