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Cornwall has a strong cultural and ethnic identity which is reflected in its unique history, language and locality. Cornwall is best known for its geology and coastal scenery. The north coast has many cliffs where exposed geological formations are studied. The area is also noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its long and varied coastline, its attractive villages, and its very mild climate. Extensive stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, and Bodmin Moor, are also protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cornwall is one of the poorest parts of the United Kingdom in terms of per capita GDP (gross domestic product) and average household incomes. At the same time, parts of the county, especially on the coast, have high house prices, driven up by demand from wealthy retirees and second-home owners. Today, the Cornish economy depends heavily on its tourist industry, which makes up around a quarter of the economy. Five million tourists visit Cornwall each year, mostly drawn from within the UK.

The county's newest industry is aviation: Newquay Airport is the only national and international airport west of Exeter and is the home of a growing business park with Enterprise Zone status, known as Aerohub. There are also plans to establish Spaceport Cornwall at Newquay, in partnership with Goonhilly satellite tracking station near Helston in south Cornwall.

Well known Cornwall and Isles of Scilly employers include:

  • Cormac
  • Watergate Bay
  • Trago Mills
  • St Austell Brewery
  • KPMG
  • The Range
  • Warrens Bakery
  • Rick Stein
  • The Eden Project
  • West Country Food Holdings
  • The Headland Hotel
  • Falfish
  • Trewithen Dairy
  • Hawkins Motor Group

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 268,800
In employment: 260,500
Employees: 194,300
Self-employed: 63,800
Unemployed: 8,300

Large job sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:

  • Nurses
  • Chefs
  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Care and homecare
  • Administrative occupations
  • Teaching

Employers currently hiring in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

  • National Health Service
  • Cornwall Council
  • Truro and Penwith College
  • St Austell Brewery Company ltd
  • Falmouth University
  • Tesco PLC
  • Alliance Boots
  • Concord ltd
  • Rick Stein Group
  • The Seafood Restaurant
  • Barchester Healthcare
  • Acorn Corporation Ltd
  • Mencap
  • Eden Project ltd
  • Asda

The following skills are most requested:

  • Teaching
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Staff management
  • Cooking
  • Accounting
  • Administrative Support
  • Nursing home care
  • Working with patients with mental health conditions
  • Project management
  • Cleaning


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