With a population of around 320K, Wirral is a borough based in the Northwest of England and within the county of Merseyside. The area is classed as a peninsula and encompasses towns and villages including Birkenhead, Prenton, Wallasey, Tranmere and Moreton as well as being situated close to Liverpool and Ellesmere Port. Wirral is also bordered by the River Mersey, River Dee and the Irish Sea which has resulted in commercial waterways becoming a key contributor to the local economy. Due to the large area covered by the borough, specialist local recruitment agencies are needed to source candidates for their Wirral based clients, especially in the areas of Construction, Logistics, Service and increasingly Finance.
The Wirral Metropolitan Borough is amongst the region's largest employers with the public sector as a whole employing more than a third of the work force. Another 23% work in distribution, retail, or hotel businesses and manufacturing continues to provide about 10% of local jobs. Wirral's unemployment was on par with the national average in 2012, while median weekly income was £498.10.
The aptly named £4.5 billion Wirral Waters Scheme is soon to further bolster the local economy with infrastructural improvements and give a significant boost to the construction industry. Wirral has also recently solidified its transition from a production to a service-based economy with the service industry GVA (gross value added) doubling since the mid-1990s.
The Birkenhead area is a particularly fast-rising economic hub, and more than 12% of businesses based here report a minimum 20% growth since 2010 - even despite the recession. Birkenhead is the largest populated town in the Wirral and includes Wallasey, Bebington and Ellesmere Port. Best known as a seaport, it's reputation as a centre for shipbuilding has largely been supported by Cammell Laird whose headquarters are in the town.
Wirral recruitment agencies are specialists in local industry and are able to use their knowledge of the area to place the right candidates into the right jobs. Consultants will work closely with their Merseyside based clients in order to facilitate successful hires within the county.
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