A proud seaport and market town, King's Lynn is a key employment centre within the East Anglian county of Norfolk. Due to its location by the east coast, recruitment in King's Lynn has traditionally been focussed around agricultural related vocations. Despite this, the area has a diverse economy and specialist and multi-sector recruitment agencies will aim to fill job opportunities across all local industries.
Workforce and earnings
The King's Lynn and West Norfolk area has a working age population of around 87,500, however only 72% of this makes up the current labour force. Of these workers, a quarter are employed in technically skilled careers, while more than a third are hired into management jobs. Weekly earnings are 90% of the UK average at just under £480.
Key industries for recruitment
Recruitment agencies within King's Lynn will recognise the River Great Ouse as a key provider of business. The Port of King's Lynn is located just on the Wash and facilitates such industries as manufacturing, engineering and agriculture. Fishing is perhaps the most well renowned industry in the area and has helped the town develop a strong reputation within the seafood market.
With around 5,500 jobs, the retail industry creates arguably the highest demand for recruitment agencies in King's Lynn area. The town is the shopping epicentre of West Norfolk and job prospects are predominantly based around the High Street, New Conduit Street and Broad Street. The Vancouver Quarter can be found on the latter and is home to retail employers including TK Maxx, Superdrug and Argos. Many of the vacancies here may involve temp or part-time work.
Tourism is playing a growing role in the King's Lynn job market and has a direct impact on sectors such as catering and hospitality. Norfolk attracts over 3 million staying visitors every year and this is helped by King's Lynn attractions such as the Green Quay, True's Yard and Lynn Museum. Restaurants and hotels will take on chefs, kitchen porters and housekeeping staff to meet tourist demand, meaning that agencies will receive more employer approaches during summer months.
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