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Working In Sunderland

Sunderland - once famed for its sea port, coal mining, its ship building industry, and the heavy industry that grew to support it - has now reinvented itself following the steady decline of the heavy industry sector and is now home to other industries including electronics, chemicals, paper manufacture, and of course the car industry with Nissan in the Washington area being one of the largest employers in the region. Nissan are one of the biggest successes of Sunderland city's restructuring program and were selected by the Japanese car company amid fierce competition from many other cities throughout Europe; quite a feather in the city's cap. Nissan has been a real boost to Sunderland's employment market and job hunters looking for this type of factory work are well served by local recruitment agencies such as Angel Human Resources (on St Thomas Street) and Flagstaff Recruitment on Foyle Street, who also cover the catering and Executive sectors. Another agency to note is Logistics and Manufacturing Recruitment on Bridge Street (in Bridge House).

But the biggest employer in the city is actually local government and job seekers looking for positions in the civil service can check the openings online at Reed Employment Agency or Sunderland City Council are currently setting up AskRecruitment who will be the contact for job vacancies, you can visit the council website here while they update their online careers directory.

As a result of its restructuring program, Sunderland was shortlisted as one of the seven "intelligence cities" of the world for its use of information technology, and has seen many top international companies base their headquarters here. IT has really taken hold in the city and Sunderland is now a renowned place for high-tech businesses to locate themselves to, creating a healthy and competitive job sector covered by employment agencies including First Choice Recruitment Ltd which is based on Grange Road.

The retail sector too has seen massive redevelopment with the extension of the Bridges Shopping Centre that has attracted some of the top high street names such as Debenhams, H&M, and The Gap. The retail sector has a healthy recruitment turnover, and job hunters seeking opportunities in retail should go online and check out the positions offered via Flagstaff recruitment, and Shaw Trust Employment which is based with a few other agencies we have mentioned in Bridge House, Bridge Street.

The former dockyard too has seen a massive redevelopment program and now houses the St Peter's Campus for University of Sunderland home to 17,000 students. The University won the Times Education Supplement University of the year award in 2006. The education sector is a vital part of Sunderland's economy, and job hunters seeking to enter education for the first time, or those looking for new posts, can register with one of the specialist recruitment companies that serve this sector, Teacher Supply North-East Ltd or blue Square Recruitment in Bede Centre on Durham Street, a subsidiary of Sunderland College, who can place you both in educational roles or alternative local jobs.

Sunderland has developed into a world class city and the leisure industry has also been revitalised with developments such as the Stadium of Light on a former colliery site, the Sunderland Aquatic Center, and an Olympic size swimming pool. It is now a great place to live and work, and the recruitment business is thriving, served by a variety of well known high street agencies including Adecco on John Street, Brook Street Agency (found on Northumberland Street) and Pertemps who are in Bridge House on Bridge Street.

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