Chester is a city in the county of Cheshire which sits on the River Dee, close to the Welsh border and has a population of roughly 118,900. Chester is an historic city with a wide variety of historic architecture particularly from the medieval and Victorian periods. Like much of the North West region of England it played a large part in the Industrial Revolution, but modern day Chester is dominated by the service industries.
Accounting for 83.4% of the city's employment, most jobs in the service industries are concentrated in either Finance and IT services, or Public Administration, Health and Education services. As such the local council, area schools, and NHS Trusts in the area all provide a significant number of jobs in Chester. In Finance and IT services the main employers are Bank of America, NFU Mutual and M&S Money, all of which have services based in Chester.
As an historically significant city tourism plays a role in the area's employment, with 9.5% of all employment being accounted for by the tourism sector. This percentage is set to rise in the coming years as the city furthers its ten year plan to make Chester a 'must-see European destination'.
Unemployment levels are marginally lower in Chester than in the rest of the country, but as with anywhere else the chances of finding a job in the area can be increased through the use of specialist recruitment agencies.