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Working And Employment In Newcastle Upon Tyne

The city of Newcastle has had a chequered past, and of necessity is now one of the most successfully reinvented cities in the whole of the UK. Since its early beginnings as a Roman garrison, Newcastle grew in the latter part of the twentieth century becoming both a major coal supplier to the nation, and one of the biggest and best shipbuilders in the world. Most of the shipbuilding business was lost to cheaper foreign shipbuilders and coal as an energy source has become very unfashionable and indeed environmentally unfriendly. However, despite losing its best industries, Newcastle is now revitalised and is stronger than ever before with a wealth of new industries keeping the city viable and its inhabitants actively employed and contributing towards further growth.

In 2007 Newcastle won the "Best city in the North" competition, beating the likes of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool - how did this success story come about and what does it mean for the new generation of job seekers?

With the rapid decline of the coal mining industry and the sad demise of shipbuilding, Newcastle found itself in terrible trouble. But prompt and positive action by the local authority saw a redevelopment program put in place to revitalise the city making it a modern place to live, work and play as well as attracting hi-tech businesses and services.  The IT sector specifically has grown and plays a huge part in Newcastle's economic overview.  Many major specialist IT companies now work out of this city, including the likes of Atos Original and Logica CMG just like many other "general" companies - recognising the importance of IT in business with the need for qualified and experienced IT personnel to staff their own departments, so recruitment agency activity in the IT sector is brisk.  Try Northern Recruitment on Grey Street or the Brice Gouedreau agency in Gateshead.

The city refurbishment program has witnessed a stunning new quayside development from the remnants of the old abandoned shipping company offices. The development is chic and smart with dozens of clubs, bars and restaurants making it a popular venue for both local folk and tourist visitors alike. This fairly new development alongside other inner city developments such as the Eldon Square shopping mall have created a vibrant and bustling restaurant retail sector and restaurant trade. The new bistros and cafes are constantly looking for additional staff, as is the retail sector also, so the recruitment opportunities for job hunters is constantly turning over. You can apply to Eldon square or can find job agencies covering the retail industry through the My Job Group found on Balliol Business Park East.

In spite of the fact that there is a worldwide recession, Newcastle is weathering the storm extremely well and its vibrant new city environment, supported by the new hi-tech business sector and indeed the remnants of the engineering industry, are keeping activity levels high and consequently recruitment in all areas continues apace and contacting recruitment agencies in Newcastle is easy if you have online access.

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