The town of Scarborough is located in North Yorkshire, England. With a population of approximately 50,000, it is one of North Yorkshire's largest settlements.
Scarborough is one of the top tourist destinations on the East Coast of England. Tourism is therefore a major contributor to its local economy, providing almost 20% of the employment opportunities. Scarborough's working harbour, which provides jobs in the fishing industry, is amongst its many tourist attractions.
Public administration, education and health jobs provide employment for just over 29% of Scarborough's workforce, with Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, being the largest employer in the town.
In recent years, the creative industries have played an important role in the regeneration of the town, comprising around 19% of its economy. The printing industry is well-represented in Scarborough, with Pindar Group being based in the town.
While the number of businesses engaged in finance, IT and other activities is relatively low, Scarborough has heavily invested in digital connectivity, being home to the UK's first free Wi-Fi harbour and seafront and boasting some of the fastest internet connection speeds in Europe. Recruitment agencies believe that this investment could result in an increasing number of IT firms moving into the town.
In 2012, the average weekly salary for full-time staff in Scarborough was £432.20. The unemployment rate was 9.4%, which is lower than the average for Yorkshire and the Humber.