Situated on the River Tees, Middlesbrough is a town and borough in the north-east of the UK. The steel and iron industry here once earned Middlesbrough the nickname 'Ironopolis,' but substantial decline in the industry since the 1990s has forced the region to transition to a modern service economy, supported by light industry and distribution. Recruitment agencies in the area therefore serve an array of employer types and will work with local businesses to hire permanent, temp or contract staff.
Key sectors for employment
Today, the public sector in Middlesbrough is one of the proportionately largest in the UK, and supports more than 42% of all local employees. The Middlesbrough Borough Council alone employs 12,000 people, while the James Cook University Hospital and Teesside University are also significant tertiary employers.
Recent growth in the retail sector means that there are strong job prospects for candidates such as sales assistants, store managers and merchandisers. There are around 9000 retail staff in Middlesbrough and jobs in this field are typically located in the city centre, and within hubs such as Hillstreet Shopping Centre or Cleveland Shopping Centre.
Elsewhere, 23% of the working population are employed in industrial or elementary occupations and 11% hold skilled trade jobs. A slowly expanding finance and IT sector employs a further 15% of workers, while hotels, restaurants, and distribution provide about a fifth of all jobs.
Where to find recruitment agencies in Middlesbrough
Recruitment services in the Middlesbrough area are predominantly concentrated close to the A66. The majority of these are multi-sector / high street employment firms, however there are local recruiting companies that specialise in sectors such as education, accountancy and engineering. Job seekers and employers will also find recruitment agencies just south of the River Tees.
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