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Jobs And Careers In The South East

The South East of England is the second richest region (per capita) of the UK, behind London. Encompassing Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, parts of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, the rolling hills provide a beautifully stunning backdrop to the region. And the vibrant towns and cities including Brighton and Hove, Rochester, Canterbury,  Chatham, Guildford and Basingstoke, provide a busting employment market that makes the South East an exciting place for job seekers to live.

Tourism is an important contributor to the regional economy with some great places to visit. Kent is known as the garden of England, and tourists flock to Lamberhurst Vineyard, Leeds Castle, the cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester, and the naval Chatham Dockyards, where they can indulge themselves in the maritime heritage.

Local visitor attractions in the South East also include Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland, and Poulton's Park. The tourism industry contributes over £12 million to the regional economy, supports more than 300,000 jobs, and has plans to further expand activities; so if you are a job hunter hoping to make your career in tourism, you need keep your eyes open for up and coming opportunities.

There are several employment agencies that work in this particular market sector and one of the best online agencies is Total Jobs and at the point of writing this article they are handling over 700 opportunities for employment within the hospitality sector, though they are an online job site not a recruitment agency.

Generally speaking, job opportunities in the South East fall into the higher income, higher skilled, and service oriented market sector. There are strong contingencies of employment within the financial sector in Berkshire, Surrey and Kent, and a high concentration of new hi-tech service companies dotted around the cities of Oxford, and Brighton and Hove.

Job hunters looking for their next career move in the service and support sector are well served by an excellent network of independent recruitment agencies such as Allen Appointments on East Point Business Park in Oxford. Another good agency is Dune Office Recruitment Agency, who welcome job seekers to visit them at 49 Old Steine in Brighton or online.

Higher Education in the South East is given top billing across the region with a string of fine universities including the universities of Brighton, Surrey, Sussex, Southampton, Reading, Kent, and of course the world renowned university of Oxford. The graduate employment market in the South East is furiously competitive and it helps to be registered with a bureau that specialises in graduate placements such as the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, based in Worthing (near Brighton) on Sissbury Road. Alternatively you can visit the Kent Council website who feature jobs in the area, at

As one might expect of a higher end region, in terms of jobs skills and education, the spirit of entrepreneurialism is very strong and the start-up success rate for new business that continue to flourish, is over 73%, the second highest in the country after the capitol, London. BBC's dragon Peter Jones selected Aylesbury as his choice of location for his new National Enterprise Academy.

It may surprise some of you to know that the South East is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the UK, employing over 320,000 souls. The main focus is the hi-tech end of manufacturing, employing the latest cutting edge technologies.

As with the rest of the UK, the South East has suffered an economic downturn, but job seekers will be pleased to hear that the slowdown has bottomed out, and now over 70% of business owners are predicting a gradual increase in turnover and therefore rising employment levels. With the latest announcement that unemployment has declined in recent months, be first to take advantage of the forecast upturn.

Job seekers should register with several active agencies across region to explore the best new opportunities; Here are a few more South East agencies:

Champion Recruitment in Oxford, Technology Resourcing of Guildford and Farrer Barnes of Canterbury.

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