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Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England with a resident population of 459,300. The city borders Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary. The city is at the centre of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership area and is an important employment, shopping and leisure area within the South West of England. Bristol is generally a prosperous area with an excellent quality of life and a growing national and international profile.

The West of England has unrivalled business strengths, is at the forefront of academic research, and has a well-qualified workforce and a vibrant social scene. Bristol’s history is built around early maritime trade and its docks are still central to its economy. More recently, however, the city has built a formidable network of creative media, electronics and aerospace industry sectors which are classed as priority business areas within the West of England. The city has two universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, and a variety of artistic and sporting organisations and venues including the Royal West of England Academy, the Arnolfini, Spike Island, Ashton Gate and the Memorial Stadium. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road and rail, and to the world by sea and air.

One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was selected in 2009 as one of the world's top ten cities by international travel publishers and The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017.

Well known Bristol employers include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Rolls Royce
  • Airbus
  • Network Rail
  • Great Western Rail
  • BT
  • BBC
  • The Bristol Port Company
  • Environment Agency
  • Clarke Wilmott
  • Aviva
  • Robert Wiseman Dairies
  • Burges Salmon
  • The Department for Work and Pensions
  • Babcock

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 260,900
In employment: 253,500
Employees: 211,800
Self-employed: 40, 700
Unemployed: 9,100

Large job sectors in Bristol:

  • Programmers and software developers
  • Sales related occupations
  • Nurses and healthcare
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Marketing and sales

Employers currently hiring in Bristol

  • National Health Service
  • The University of Bristol
  • The University of the West of England
  • Adlib Holdings Ltd
  • Bristol Community Health CIC
  • Computershare LTD
  • Airbus LTD
  • Marriott International
  • KPMG
  • Doyle Collection
  • Babcock International Ltd

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Business Development
  • Teaching
  • Accounting
  • Customer contact
  • SQL
  • Software Development


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