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Careers And Working In Bath

The beautiful University City of Bath is steeped in culture and history and provides a great backdrop as a place to both live and work. With its famous hot Roman Baths, the stunning Pulteney Bridge across the river Avon, and the wonderful crescents, which are some of Britain's most treasured architectural features, the city of Bath has a very healthy tourism industry that welcomed over 3.8 million tourists last year alone. Bath achieved Unesco World Heritage site status in 1987 and is home to over 83,000 inhabitants.

The city boasts two universities, and with various colleges and schools, the education sector is one of Bath's major employers. Bath also has a large and growing service sector, part of which is related to the tourist industry, which is in itself a major employer in the city. There are over 300 venues for tourist accommodation which include over 80 hotels, and over 180 bed and breakfast establishments. The city's tourist catering potential is backed up by over 100 restaurants and similar number of public houses.

In common with many other cities across the UK, Bath is in the process of reinventing itself in terms of its industries. Once a large centre for manufacturing, with companies such as Stothert and Pitt (a heavy engineering company who manufactured cranes etc), Bath is now turning its industry focus to other service orientated industries and careers such as computer software, graphics, design, and publishing. The top employers in these fields include Fortune Publishing and London and County Mortgage Brokers. The National Health Service and the Ministry of Defence are also significant employers in the city although some of the MoD offices are in the process of being relocated to the neighbouring city of Bristol.

There is a flourishing recruitment industry within the city with several niche companies who have established themselves to serve their specific market sectors. The National Health sector is very well served by Star Medical Recruitment Services who head-hunt specific staff to fill the various specialist vacancies. Star Medical has just successfully attracted the services of James Caan of Dragon's Den fame as their new non-executive director.

Media Recruitment is another of Bath's specialist recruitment companies, and as their name suggests they operate within the media, publishing, advertising and designs niche markets. They provide specialist freelance staff, as well as interim temporary staff solutions and of course full long term, permanent solutions also and can be found on Queen Square.

Other recruitment agencies include: Randstad, Appoint Recruitment, SJC Recruitment, AM Personnel, Milsom, Juice Recruitment and the Christopher Murray recruitment agency. These are all excellent "general" recruitment companies offering a full range of temporary and permanent candidates for all service sector vacancies that arise from time to time.

The future for the city of Bath is bright. The two universities are going from strength to strength and it is expected that the city's tourist sector will get even busier this year, especially in light of home economic circumstances whereby many people are deciding to take their vacations in the UK this year to avoid unfavourable foreign exchange rates etc.

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