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Burnham-on-Sea, South West Employment Information

Burnham-on-Sea Overview Sitting on the edge of the Bristol Channel, Burnham-on-Sea is in the county of Somerset, and ...

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Burnham-on-Sea Overview

Sitting on the edge of the Bristol Channel, Burnham-on-Sea is in the county of Somerset, and began life as a small fishing village. In the 1850s, with the advent of the railways, tourism began taking over as the town’s main source of income. With a population of less than 15,000, Burnham-on-Sea is well catered for in terms of education, with a selection of nursery, infant, and junior schools. The nearest secondary school is in Highbridge, with colleges of further education close by in Bridgewater and Cannington. An Adult Learning and Skills Centre is situated in Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea.

Close to the main M5 and A38 trunk roads, and with an efficient rail system, many choose to live in Burnham-on-Sea, while commuting to work in other areas. Five and six bed properties can go for between £600,000 to £750,000, while prices for a one-bed flat can start as low as £100,000.

Burnham-on-Sea Job Opportunities

In an area with a high ratio of elderly residents, there are jobs in Burnham-on-Sea for cleaners, nurses, and ancillary staff in the many care, nursing, and residential homes in the town and surrounding area, in addition to other healthcare jobs. For those seeking leisure, tourist and service jobs, Burnham-on-Sea and the surrounding area has a thriving social and tourist industry. Holiday parks, caravan parks, self-catering holiday flats, as well as guest houses, hotels, and bed and breakfast establishments provide both full and part-time work for cleaners in addition to maintenance supervisor jobs and engineering vacancies. The many pubs, clubs, and restaurants, provide a range of different service industry jobs in Burnham-on-Sea. Retail jobs in Burnham-on-Sea are also well represented, with a high street packed with large supermarkets, to specialist butchers, hairdressers, beauty salons, and cobblers, to craft and tourist businesses.

Burnham-on-Sea Employment Trends

Although Burnham-on-Sea relies predominantly on the service and tourism industries, it is in the lucky position of having an active and forward thinking council. According to the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Council’s economic plan published in 2016, the town centre comprises 214 businesses, with just nine properties vacant. Likewise, although the area has a smaller working population, unemployed figures are just 4.21%, compared to 4.66% in the surrounding area, and 6.26% nationally.

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