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Devon is part of the South West and is bordered by Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The city of Exeter is the county town. The county includes the districts of East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, and West Devon. Plymouth and Torbay are each also geographically part of Devon, but are administered as unitary authorities.

As well as agriculture, much of the economy of Devon is based on tourism. The comparatively mild climate, coastline and landscape make Devon a destination for recreation and leisure in England, with visitors particularly attracted to the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks; its coasts, including the resort towns along the south coast known collectively as the English Riviera; the Jurassic Coast, and the countryside including the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.

The attractive lifestyle of the area is drawing in new industries which are not dependent upon geographical location. Dartmoor, for instance, has recently seen a significant rise in the percentage of its inhabitants involved in the financial services sector. The Met Office, the UK's national and international weather service, moved to Exeter in 2003. Plymouth hosts the head office and first ever store of The Range, the only major national retail chain headquartered in Devon.

Well known Devon employers include:

  • The Range
  • Pennon Group PLC
  • Devonport Dockyard
  • Newcross Healthcare Solutions
  • Princess Yachts
  • Flybe Group
  • Jack Wills Clothing
  • Mole Valley Farmer
  • St Austell Brewary Company
  • Trago Mills
  • Francis Clark LLP
  • The Wrigley Company Ltd

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 397,400
In employment: 387,200
Employees: 303, 400
Self-employed: 78,300
Unemployed: 10,300

Large job sectors in Devon:

  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Nurses
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Care workers and home carers
  • Chefs

Employers currently hiring in Devon

  • National Health Service
  • Devon county council
  • University of Exeter
  • Tesco PLC
  • Exeter College
  • Acorn Corporation Ltd
  • Superior Automotive Group
  • Alliance Boos
  • Flybe Group
  • Exeter ltd
  • The Sanctuary Group
  • Gregory Distribution Group
  • Royal Mail PLC
  • Virgin Care Ltd

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Teaching
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Customer contact
  • Administrative support
  • Cooking
  • Project management
  • Cleaning
  • Secretarial skills
  • Staff management


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