Ayr is a coastal town situated on the mouth of the River Ayr. Ayr is within the jurisdiction of South Ayrshire, on the west coast of Scotland. On a clear day the Isle of Arran can be seen, and on a very clear day, the northern tip of Northern Ireland. Due to the city's coastal location, a number of Ayr jobs can be found in the tourism industry. Originally, Ayr had a strong shipbuilding community; however, this declined over the years. There is still a port situated to the north of the town, which mainly exports coal and railway sidings. Due to the declining number of jobs, 30% of the workforce commutes into other areas for employment. The cost of living in Ayr tends to be higher than other towns within the South Ayrshire region.
Ayr Job Opportunities
Of the jobs available in the area 33% are in the public sector, 15% are in the retail sector and 13% are in tourism. A large number of jobs exist in the aircraft industry, especially retail jobs.
Ayr Employment Trends
According to South Ayrshire council there was a sharp decline in the number of jobs available in the local area. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of jobs in South Ayrshire fell by 8%; the greatest number of declines of jobs was in the private employment sector. Prestwick airport is still a big employer within the area, however uncertainty surrounding the future of the airport has led to a decline in full time, permanent roles. 70% of the industry surrounding the airline industry is related to aircraft maintenance and repair.