King's Lynn is a market town and seaport situated in the west of the county of Norfolk, in East Anglia. Approximately 44 miles west of Norwich and 100 miles north of London, it adjoins south Lincolnshire and the flat fenland of Cambridgeshire. Nearby Sandringham, Dersingham and Hunstanton attract visitors and holidaymakers, with limited seasonal tourist work.
With a long history as a quality arable farming area, there are numerous industrial jobs from food processing to engineering in the King's Lynn area, though according to a Norfolk County Council report, average weekly earnings in King's Lynn were in 2014 slightly lower than the rest of the region and nation. Estimated costs of living vary depending on accommodation and exact location.
King's Lynn Job Opportunities
The biggest sector of the local economy is manufacturing and services; the food industry also supports agri-tech and seed technology companies, as well as software design and precision engineering for packaging. Some of these companies have become technological leaders, including in pharmaceuticals, chemicals and plastics. The second biggest employer in this area is the public sector, with healthcare jobs. Some medical technology companies also offer scientific and laboratory work in the area.
The finance and general business sector comes third, including software specialist, sales administration and management, accounting, data administration and retail jobs.
King's Lynn Employment Trends
Other significant sectors offering work include construction, transport and storage, telecommunications and technology in the automotive and computer industries. Other jobs in King's Lynn range from bakers, care and community support workers to quality engineers, welders, fitters and quantity surveyors, in addition to electricians, chefs, mechanics and drivers. There are a wide range of opportunities available in King's Lynn, and key local employers include British Sugar, Mars, Tulip and Quorn Foods, BAE Systems and Bespak.
Just over a third of the local workforce is employed at managerial or professional level, in addition to a quarter in skilled and technical occupations. Average gross weekly pay is around 90 percent of the national figure.