Sunderland, in the north east of England lies at the mouth of the River Wear and has a prodigious history in manufacturing. This manufacturing history focuses mainly on shipbuilding which dates back in the city to 1346. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Sunderland was one of the country's most important shipyards, but when the last shipyard closed in 1988 the area entered a long period of economic decline.
Manufacturing remains an important part of the city's economy, with 15.3% of all employment in Sunderland stemming from that sector, which is still higher than the national average. Nissan is the area's largest employer, but Nike, and Rolls Royce Plc also employ large numbers of staff in Sunderland. The majority of employment is found in the service industry, however, with 77.8% of all employment accounted for as such. 29.3% of this is found in the Public Administration, Health, and Education sector meaning that the local council, area schools, and NHS Trusts are key employers. Less significant, but still important is the Financial and IT services sector, with Barclay's Bank, T-mobile, and EDF all running considerable operations in the area and thus employing staff locally.
Redevelopment and regeneration projects have been earmarked at several locations in the area, all of which would provide considerable employment both during construction and after. Utilising the experience and knowledge of specialist recruitment agencies in the area is imperative for both those seeking employment, and employers searching for the best candidates.