About us

Thinking of joining Team Bradford? An introduction to what we have done, what we offer and what we have planned

The Council

Bradford City Hall. Picture by Roger MoodyBradford Council is the fourth largest of 36 Metropolitan District Councils in the country, which serve the larger cities and conurbations. There are four other metropolitan authorities in the West Yorkshire area – Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

We employ approximately 8,500 people (excluding schools) including social workers, litter pickers, library staff, lawyers and town planners. The size and scale of Bradford Council makes it one of the biggest employers in the district.

The City of Bradford has the status of a City and a Metropolitan Borough. In addition to the “Traditional Bradford City”, the Metropolitan District includes the following main areas of population: Addingham, Baildon, Bingley, Burley, Cullingworth, Denholme, Eastburn, Haworth, Ilkley, Keighley, Menston, Oxenhope, Queensbury, Silsden, Shipley and Steeton.

The total population of the District is approximately 531,200 and it covers 141 square miles. Bradford Council has a workforce of 18,000 (including schools).

To find out more about Bradford Council and what we do, please visit our How Bradford Council works page.

Promoting Bradford

Bradford is a great northern city, pioneering, confident and connected, with an economy of significant scale. It is a beautiful place, with stunning architectural heritage, home to enterprising and creative people and strong and productive businesses. Bradford is the youngest city in the UK and is at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse economy. It is also one of the most international cities in the UK, globally connected by businesses trading across the world. We are the best place in the country to start up in business and a place of compassion, openness and sanctuary.

Find out more about the Bradford district.

Team Bradford

Hear from some of the staff at Bradford Council about why they care about making a difference for the Bradford District.