Recruitment Agencies based in County Durham, North East, UK
During the 18th and 19th centuries, County Durham played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, becoming a cornerstone of coal and iron production, developing the worlds first passenger steam railway at Darlington as well as becoming an agricultural heartland in England's north-east.
Contemporary Country Durham
Modernisation has forced County Durham to adapt, with its traditional industries of Shipbuilding, Mining, and Farming making way for growth in sectors such as Retail, Tourism, and Manufacturing. That change of approach means that County Durham's economy is now home to around 506,000 people - of whom just over 220,000 are in employment.
The area has over 15,000 businesses, with around 170,000 total employees. Overall, the annual value of County Durham's economic output is around £6.3bn.
Recruitment and employment in County Durham
Recruitment agencies are most likely to place staff in employment in the urban centres of Durham and Darlington. The Public Sector accounts for around 45% of employment in Durham, reflecting the presence of its university, major hospitals, and the headquarters of Durham County Council.
24% of employment in the region is in the Manufacturing sector, with a significant proportion of this being in Car Production. Unemployment in the region is 4.8%, which, while lower than average for the north-east of England, is higher than the average figure across the UK. The average weekly pay in the region comes in below £500, which is also below the national average.
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