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Finding A Job And Working In Cambridge

The city of Cambridge, nestling amongst the fens of East Anglia, is more than just a university town. Yes, it is home to one of the most famous universities in the world, and, as you would expect, education plays a very large part in the job market sector in Cambridge; but there are also a large number of other industries, some which are "spin-offs" of the university and the associated colleges in and around Cambridge. In addition, there are a number of "hi-tech" industries such as defence and aviation that have been established and that have developed totally independently. In actual fact, job seekers in this part of the country have a great sweep of choice.

Cambridge and its environs have been christened "Silicon Fen" an obvious allusion to Silicon Valley in the States. This nickname owes its creation to the fact that there are a high number of science parks that have evolved in the area and are home to lots of hi-tech businesses and incubator companies.

Incubator companies are there to help new start-up companies establish themselves and begin successful and profitable long term trading, particularly in the field of scientific research. So without any shadow of doubt, Cambridge is a great place for job seekers looking to progress in the arenas of science, mathematics, research and aviation.

Silicon Fen's growing reputation as the hi-tech hot spot is supported by the establishment and success of companies such as:  ARM (formerly Acorn Computers), Absam, CSR, and Sinclair, and, in addition, Microsoft has also established its research offices on one of Cambridge's Technology Parks. Other well known companies include Pye Telecommunications, Aeropeople Ltd and Qualitair Aviation Group Ltd. With these hi-tech giants, there is constantly a need for new and additional employees of varying skills: from engineers, to marketing specialists, and from technicians and IT support to Administration and Business Support. The opportunities are wide, varied and rewarding. All the signs and forecasts for this region promise continued growth and expansion over the coming years, so if you're job hunting, this promises to be a great place to be around. SRG is one of the larger and popular recruitment agencies in the hi-tech sector.

As well as the world renowned University of Cambridge itself, there are several other colleges that are affiliated to the university such as Kings College, Magdalene College, Trinity College, and St John's College to mention but a few. Collectively they form a sizeable and formidable employment sector, so if you are looking for jobs in education and academia, this is one of the most fertile places in the entire UK to prospect for jobs.

The city of Cambridge has a thriving tourism industry attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The two universities, punting on the River Cam, the ancient city centre with its college courts, gardens and bridges; the unique blend of old and new architecture, the bustling marketplace; Cambridge has so much to offer. The city's world renowned educational status together with the Oxford Cambridge boat race rivalry, provide a unique focus that attracts foreign tourists all year round.  This backdrop creates the right circumstances to support a very healthy recruitment agency sector, and if you are looking for jobs within the tourist industry, Cambridge offers plenty of opportunity. 

You will find all the usual nationwide ‘high street' recruitment agencies in the City, those such as Adecco, Blue Arrow, Brook Street, Hays, Manpower, Office Angels, Reed plus the larger recruitment agencies such as Michael Page, Beresford Blake Thomas, SRG and Renfield all have offices in Cambridge. All of these agencies have profiles on HireScores.com so if you have either looked for work or looked to recruit with any of them it would be great to hear about your experience - so don't forget to rate them on the site.

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