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Somerset, a South West county in England is characterized by its rural environment – home to a number of famous areas of outstanding national beauty. While the area was once best known economically for farming and agriculture it’s tourism trade is also fast becoming a key source of industry.

Unemployment is lower in Somerset than the national average; with the largest employment sectors being retail, manufacturing, tourism, and health and social care. Population growth in the county is also slightly higher than the national average.

Somerset is world renowned for its defence equipment and technology industries, alongside strong links with the Ministry of Defence, 40 Commando Marines, The Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton and all other military operations.

Food and drink manufacturing and production continues to be a big area of industry in Somerset, and thanks to plentiful apple orchards cider is still made and exported here.

Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is also based in Somerset and after plans were finalised to expand on the site, this will continue to expand as an important jobs growth area in the county.

Well known Somerset employers include:

  • Clarks
  • Screwfix
  • Refresco
  • Burrohappold Engineering
  • AugustaWestland Leonardo
  • Mulberry
  • Wessex Water
  • Rotork PLC
  • Redde PLC
  • Centaur Services Ltd
  • Bradford and Sons Ltd

 Employment figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 272,200
In employment: 263,900
Employees: 214,500
Self employed: 49,000
Unemployed: 8,300

Large job sectors in Somerset:

  • Programmers and software development
  • Nurses and home care workers
  • Sales and retails
  • Administrative occupations
  • Management
  • Customer service occupations

Employers currently hiring in Somerset

  • National Health Service
  • Screwfix
  • Somerset Care Ltd
  • Tesco PLC
  • Every Care Ltd
  • CJ Clark Ltd
  • Weston College
  • Millfield School
  • Skills Direct Ltd
  • Alliance Boots

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Retail industry knowledge
  • Software Development
  • Cooking

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