The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea was once a bustling tourist hub, however the job market now relies heavily on the public sector and private service industries. As Central London is just 40 miles away, Southend has attracted a diverse range of employer types and recruitment agencies will aim to find the right staff for local employment opportunities.
Recruitment agencies in the area are predominately located close to both the Southend Central and the Southend Victoria railway stations. This area, just to the east of Westcliffe-on-Sea, is home to a mixture of specialist and multi-sector recruiting firms. The A217 provides excellent access to this hub of employment firms.
Southend-on-Sea has a population of around 178,000 people and an age 16-24 employment rate of 76%. There are around 5,500 businesses in the seaside resort and this is an important part of the Thames Gateway area. The gross weekly income for Southend-on-Sea is £475.20.
Key industries and employers
The Tourism sector is still worth more than £300 million per year to the Southend-on-Sea economy. Around 15% of workers are employed in Tourism fields such as Hospitality or Catering, however many of these will be part-time or temp jobs.
Education, Health and other Public Sector services have the greatest combined workforce in Southend, accounting for around 33% of the labour force. The Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the single largest public sector employer and is responsible for approximately 1,700 members of staff. Other notable tertiary bodies include the University of Essex and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Finance, Insurance and Business Support services are not far behind the Public Sector and are the second biggest source of employment in the town. The sector is dominated by call centres and back-office accounts for major companies, and positions are frequently advertised through recruitment agencies.
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