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Ferry Boom Signals Increase In Jobs In Dover

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015

Did you know that this month sees National Ferry Fortnight take place? And this year the industry is celebrating some figures that are good news for anyone looking for a job in Dover. The Port of Dover had its best year ever last year with 2.4 million freight vehicles travelling via Dover in 2014. It grew more than 9% on the previous year despite countries such Spain, Italy and France moving out of recession more slowly than the UK.

Ferry on a dock

Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port and around 70% of all road freight traffic passes through it. Increased traffic is good news for the local economy, from shop owners to hotels and petrol stations and, therefore, good news too for anyone looking for a job in Dover. But the increased figures for freight traffic signal a warning about the lack of qualified drivers in the UK. This demand for drivers could actually see jobs being outsourced away from the UK warn industry bosses. As well as a rise in the amount of freight traffic travelling through Dover, the UK also saw a hike in passengers last year with an additional million passengers hopping on a ferry in 2014, the vast majority via Dover.

Across the board increases in foot passengers, cars and coaches was put down to people becoming increasingly savvy in their approach to getting best value when travelling to France and further afield. They are fed up with paying all those additional charges for baggage on so-called cheap flights to mainland Europe, believe ferry bosses, as industry predictions put potential passenger numbers at 40 million this year.

Aerial bird view photo of Port of Dover

And all this activity means a boost for Dover, which suffered a decline during the economic downturn with big name retailers deserting the town centre. Jobs in travel and tourism and retail are predicted to increase in Dover in the wake of the passenger numbers spike, especially in the affordable hotel market as travellers opt for a stopover before an early Channel crossing.

Of course, Dover’s tourist attractions such as its beaches, the White Cliffs, that area of outstanding natural beauty that can, on a clear day, be seen from France, and historic Dover Castle are also boons to the leisure industry jobs scene. As is the intriguingly named Samphire Hoe nearby, made from the material dug to create the Channel Tunnel and providing really interesting walks. 

Dover Castle. The most iconic of all English fortresses.

The town centre retail development plans should also see more positions become available to anyone who is looking for a job in the Dover area. It all means that the view from those famous white cliffs is looking pretty good.

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