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Employment And Working In Swansea

The city of Swansea in the Welsh county of the same name is the second largest city in Wales and a major centre of business and industry responsible for employing over 105,000 workers in the various sectors of its economy.

Swansea's economic profile has seen many changes since the city's early days as one of the worlds foremost mining centres of Copper when it was affectionately known as Copperopolis. However, with the sharp decline in its mining industry which took place after the Second World War, Swansea's economy has been steadily rebuilt. The local government has worked hard to successfully develop the city as Wales' major service centre, and it now employs 90% of its workforce in that arena.

The main service based businesses include public administration and management, higher education, the health industry, and financial services including banking and insurance. There are several recruitment agencies that are actively involved in this broad based service sector including PKR (Pauline Kotschy Recruitment), and Action Recruitment both of whom are well established in the city and have built up an excellent reputation over the years. @workwales is another agency that works in this arena offering part-time, fulltime, or contract positions. Job seekers can register online with most of these agencies to search the various vacancy lists and request email updates on appropriate new positions coming on the market.

For job seekers actively looking to get into HR (Humans Resources), or who wish to take up some sort of training profession, "Human Resourcing" specialise in these particular market places and have a good cross section of appropriate vacancies. On the other hand, if you are hoping to go into the recruitment industry itself, specialist recruiters "Cody" are the people to contact.

The higher education sector is fuelled by Swansea University, Swansea Metropolitan University, and Gorseinon College. Swansea Uni is renowned for its computerized design solving facility whilst its physics department is celebrated for its work on Elementary Particle Physics and String Theory. The employment sector of the higher education field is serviced by a number of recruitment agencies including Prosper Recruitment who have close links with local universities, handing placements therein, and also helping graduates into employment.

Today the city is in the process of undergoing a £1 billion major rebuild that is scheduled for completion by 2015. The work is to include the demolition of the old St David's shopping centre which will be replaced by a brand new state of the art shopping precinct. The retail sector is one of the city's major employers. With much of the renovation work complete, the Quadrant Shopping Centre in the heart of the city offers shoppers a superb shopping experience and this busy retail sector has a lively employment market for job seekers looking to enter into retail. Recruitment agency "1st Line Recruitment, an agency who are involved across most employment sectors, field many vacancies in the retail sector as do "Careers Guide" as you will see when you log on to their website and view the diverse range of employment categories that they cover.

Swansea actively shows its care and support for the plight of its disabled community through WISE, the Welsh Initiative for Supported Employment, who work tirelessly to place disabled job seekers searching for satisfying, challenging and gainful employment.

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