Workington in Cumbria lies at the mouth of the River Derwent and has a population of just over 24,000. Local recruitment agencies aim to help local people find employment in the West Cumbria area.
The decline of Workington's traditional industries means many local people do not actually work in the town. Instead, they are employed at the Sellafield Nuclear Plant which is a major provider of jobs in the locality.
However, regeneration of the town centre in recent years has created employment opportunities for staff in well known shops which have opened branches in the Washington Square shopping complex. Employers at this location include Debenhams, River Island, JD Sports and Next.
More retail jobs will be created in Workington if controversial plans by Tesco to open a 60,000 square foot store in the town come to fruition. This store would replace the existing Tesco Supermarket in the town.
Just under 16 per cent of Workington's workforce is employed in the field of skilled trades. Around 14.5 per cent of the town's economically active community is employed in the administrative and secretarial sector. Managers and Senior Officials make up 10.8 per cent of the Workington workforce while professional employees make up 7.2 per cent.