Eastbourne is a seaside town in the southern county of East Sussex. Located just to the east of Beachy Head, Eastbourne is the largest economic centre in the county and recruitment agencies will work to fill vacancies across key districts such as Langney, Hampden Park and Sovereign Harbour.
Employment and income
The unemployment rate in Eastbourne is higher than the averages for Sussex and the surrounding South East, however it still falls below that of the UK overall. Similarly, the number of people employed in a high-level job is also lower than the surrounding region at just 33%. Salaries also tend to fall behind much of the UK and the average household income is around £33K.
Key industries for Eastbourne
The public sector is the largest area for employment in Eastbourne, with nearly 40% of the local labour market working in health, education or public administration jobs. Eastbourne District General Hospital is the most prominent employer of healthcare staff, while the University of Brighton supports Eastbourne's education sector.
The retail sector has received investment over recent years and this, coupled with wholesale, is responsible for 21% of Eastbourne's employment. The high street and town centre is home to a range of recognisable retailers, as is the Eastbourne Arndale Centre and Enterprise Centre. Local recruiters will also work with clients within Little Chelsea, a shopping quarter that plays host to jobs within boutique and independent stores.
Tourism has grown significantly in the town and Eastbourne is now one of the fastest growing seaside resort in the UK. It's estimated to be responsible for more than 7,000 jobs and generates over £300 million annually. The seaside location is popular amongst tourists and Eastbourne attracts around 5 million visitors throughout the year.
Recruitment in Eastbourne
Due to the impact that seasonality has on the local economy, recruitment within hospitality, tourism and leisure based sectors will typically peak during the summer months. This can also lead to a rise in the number of part-time and contract jobs. Recruitment agencies in Eastbourne will find that levels of employment largely mirror the performance of the tourism sector, as this supports one in five jobs across the town.
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