Hartlepool is a North East town with a strong maritime history, owing to its location overlooking the North Sea. The town is home to 92,000 "Hartlepudlians," many of whom have seen the town's economic landscape transform over the last five decades; up until the 70s, Hartlepool had a strong local economy in the heavy industries (ship building and steel fabrication), but these areas of employment have declined. Nowadays, jobs in Hartlepool are mostly in service, petrochemicals, engineering and manufacturing (Economic Regeneration Strategy, 2011-2021). In terms of living costs in the town, rent is an average of £429pcm, which is slightly cheaper than nearby Billingham (home.co.uk).
Hartlepool Job Opportunities
Throughout Hartlepool, there are a variety of companies looking for skills in many areas. The largest employer in the town is the local nuclear power plant, which provides opportunities such as nuclear engineering jobs, operational engineering and waste management. In the chemical industry, various companies contribute to a strong local economy, including:
Omya (chemicals supplier)
Huntsman Corp. (titanium dioxide producer)
Baker Hughes (chemical manufacturer)
Jobs in Hartlepool related to the supplying of chemicals will require experience in health and safety, distribution and warehousing, while applicants for manufacturing jobs will impress with skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking, as well as a chemical engineering education.
Hartlepool's economy is strongest in retail and services, with leading retail outlets such as Argos, Asda and Morrisons located at the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre (Hartlepool Economic Assessment 2010/11).
Hartlepool Employment Trends
In recent years, jobs in Hartlepool have increased overall, with 2,579 recorded as claiming JSA at the start of 2015 (ONS). In 2011, an Economic Regeneration Strategy detailed that the town had seen major investment in its business infrastructure, particularly targeting the development of innovation centres and regenerating estates.