As one of the UK's major transport hubs, jobs in Dover reflect the needs of the ferry passenger terminal that is perhaps one of its most well-known sights. Despite the number of people that are employed in the transportation sector, or industries reliant upon it, there is much more to Dover than its port: The town has a retail sector which employs many people who live there. Most of the shops are on High Street and Biggin Street, although there is also a purpose built retail park situated on the northwest side of the town centre, too. Most of the private companies that operate in the town are smaller, so jobs in Dover tend to be in small and medium sized enterprises rather than big organisations. Only 3% of the 3,500 companies in the town have more than 50 employees.
Dover Job Opportunities
Most of the employment opportunities in Dover are in the public sector, in either healthcare or social work. Some 5,000 people were engaged in such jobs in Dover, according to 2008 figures. Real estate, renting and the business services sector employ a similar number of people, followed by those in the motor and mechanical repair trades. Perhaps surprisingly given the ferry terminal, only after these groups do transportation jobs appear among major employment sectors, so Dover's working opportunities are more diverse than you may think. Almost 3,800 people are employed in manufacturing jobs in the town.
Dover Employment Trends
In recent years, certain types of employment have seen more growth than others in Dover. In demand jobs in Dover include those relating to construction and engineering jobs, especially amongst highly skilled operatives. Teaching and research posts have also seen increasing demand. The council authorities have launched a 'Local Development Framework Core Strategy' which is designed to promote the leisure services industries by attracting visitors. Crucially, it is also focussed on fostering marine and technical skills in schools and colleges to meet the latest demands of local employers.