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Finding The Best Jobs In Southampton

Published: Monday 27th April 2015

A dock with many boats

Why should you want to find a job in Southampton? It’s a pretty simple question, but what’s the answer? Because it is the birthplace of the historic Spitfire or because it is home to a cutting edge university – pioneering research in the fields of nanotechnology and medicine, or because it has a higher than average rate of employment with only 2.4% of people unemployed – a pretty attractive statistic.

So what is there to attract you to find a job in Southampton, after all, high employment doesn’t tell the whole picture. What is the city like to live and work in and what opportunities are on offer? Southampton is brimming with history. From Roman remains dating back two thousand years to tales of Viking raids and kings and queens through the ages. Southampton’s prominence as a port city has continually reinvigorated and redeveloped the city, keeping it modern and contributing to a blend of people from across the world. 

However Southampton is also a young city, having only acquired city status in 1964, a few years after the local college became a chartered university. Southampton has gone from strength to strength since.

Industries and Jobs In Southampton

By far the largest sectors in Southampton’s economy are health and education, which together employ around a quarter of the working population through the university, NHS and related support industries. But beyond that a further fifth of people work in property and business, with retail contributing a very strong 16% of the jobs market. Aside from these, premier employers in Southampton include the headquarters for BBC south and Southampton airport. 

If you are keen on a nautical career then Southampton is wonderfully placed. The docks and supporting services have been a large employer since the Victorian age and today is still the UK’s main port for cruise shipping. Agencies such as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Marine Accident Investigation Branch are based here as well as commercial interests. Companies such as Carnival Corporation are based in the city’s docks which, despite a move to the west of the main city centre, are still integrated with an industrial heartland. The docks to the east have been redeveloped and reimagined (as in many parts of the UK) into a plush marina and ocean village development. 

Away from this there are a range of other industrial opportunities in construction and maintenance of aircraft, cars, electrical engineering and petrochemicals through companies including GE Aviation and Ford. Altogether this gives a broad and mixed jobs market. 

A Uniquely Attractive City

There are cultural activities and museums covering just about every interest. For those into history, check out the longest line of intact medieval walls in the country or visit the Tudor house museum. If you just can’t get enough of the sea, and living by the coast, who could, pop along to the Maritime Museum or annual boat show. 

If you are more artistic, then a trip to the Mayflower Theatre or Southampton City Art Gallery might be in order. The theatre hosts the Southampton Operatic Society and touring West End shows. When living in one of the UK’s most densely populated places (third after London and Portsmouth) gets a little too much and you don’t fancy taking to the sea, then head inland to the New Forest Wildlife Park for a break and to get back to nature. 

So, why should you want to find a job in Southampton? Great economic and job prospects, living and working in an up-and-coming destination, or relaxing by the coast – something which always leads to a better quality of life. The question’s already answered! 

If you are interested in finding jobs in Southampton or the rest of the UK, why not try our Zoek App that lets the jobs find you. Available to download for free on iPhone or Android.

For more hints and tips for job hunters visit the Zoek blog.



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