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Dorset is a county in the South West of England and is well-known for forming part of the Jurassic coast. The majority of the county is governed by Dorset County Council alongside the two unitary authority areas of Poole and Bournemouth. Dorset’s economy was largely built from agriculture, but this is declining thanks to the emergence of mechanization and a decrease in arable land. The county has strong links with the armed forces; with a number of personnel bases stationed around. Dorset’s three ports in Weymouth, Poole and Portland serve the marine and leisure sector and it is expected that this will continue to grow and have a positive effect on local businesses and tourism in the area. Tourism has grown in Dorset since the late 18th century and is now the predominant industry, with UK and foreign visitors being drawn to Dorset’s attractive coast and countryside. Dorset has just over 30,000 businesses. Around 90% of these are micro-businesses with less than ten employees, which is consistent with the national business size profile.

Well known Dorset employers include:

  • MOD
  • 4Com
  • Lush
  • BAE Systems
  • Sunseeker International
  • JP Morgan
  • Cobham PLC
  • Bournemouth University
  • Liverpool Victoria
  • Siemens PLC
  • Merlin Entertainments
  • Westover Holdings PLC

 Employment figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 199,000
In employment: 192,500
Employees: 155, 800
Self-employed: 35,900
Unemployed: 6,600

Large job sectors in Dorset:

  • Healthcare and home care
  • Sales related occupations
  • Programmers and software developers
  • Customer service occupations
  • Administrative occupation
  • Chefs

Employers currently hiring in Dorset

  • National Health Service
  • Agincare Group Ltd
  • Cobham PLC
  • Dorset County Council
  • Colten Care Ltd
  • Hamilton Cross
  • Alliance Boots
  • Tesco PLC
  • Newlook
  • Care South

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Customer contact
  • Administrative Support
  • Nursing care home experience


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