The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea was once a bustling tourist hub, however the job market now relies heavily on the public sector and private service industries. As Central London is just 40 miles away, Southend has attracted a diverse range of employer types and recruitment agencies will aim to find the right staff for local employment opportunities.
Employment in the town
Although tourism jobs are generally in decline across the UK, the sector is still worth more than £300 million per year to the Southend-on-Sea economy. Around 15% of workers are employed in tourism fields such as hospitality or catering, however many of these will be part-time or temp jobs.
Education, health and other public sector services have the greatest combined workforce in Southend, accounting for around 33% of the labour force. The Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the single largest public sector employer and is responsible for approximately 1,700 members of staff. Other notable tertiary bodies include the University of Essex and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Finance, insurance and business support services are not far behind the public sector and are the second biggest source of employment in the town. The sector is dominated by call centres and back-office accounts for major companies, and positions are frequently advertised through recruitment agencies. Lloyds TSB and Royal Bank of Scotland both have call centres here, while companies such as Converso and Ventrica provide further customer service jobs.
Where to find recruitment agencies in Southend
Recruitment agencies in the area are predominately located close to both the Southend Central and the Southend Victoria train stations. This area, just to the east of Westcliffe-on-Sea, is home to a mixture of specialist and multi-sector recruiting firms.
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