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Penzance, South West Employment Information

Penzance Overview The port town of Penzance in Cornwall is steeped in history. With stone streets, period properties, ...

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Penzance Overview

The port town of Penzance in Cornwall is steeped in history. With stone streets, period properties, Penzance is the administrative and commercial hub of the Land's End Peninsula, aka Penwith. The town also is home to educational, health, residential and transport facilities that cater to the entire region. Its quaint neighbourhood does not find wide appeal and, hence, Penzance offers affordable living conditions to those who prefer to settle here, but proves still expensive for locals. Art, music, culture, religious, sports and entertainment facilities are also a part of this town, which is also a tourist spot.

Penzance is connected by rail and road to other cities and towns – including Exeter, Truro, Plymouth, Bodmin, St-Austell, Bristol and London; however, commutes to major cities are time-consuming.

Penzance Job Opportunities

The town today thrives on mixed economy – with tourism jobs and roles in the light industry being the main source of employment in Penzance. Service sector jobs in Penzance are generated by financial, legal, IT, design and architecture firms. Dry dock facilities, shipping and transport also offer employment opportunities in their respective domains. Given the local population of about 25,000 residents, jobs are likely to be limited.

Penzance Employment Trends

An active tourism and related hospitality sectors are a vital source of employment and revenue. Retail and commercial establishments that cater to the needs of the floating as well resident population also generate jobs in Penzance. The port of Newlyn, home to the largest fishing fleet in Southern England and the famed brewer, Cornish Mead Company, also plays an important role in addressing the locals' employment needs.

In a pilot project to boost local economies of coastal towns, 12 towns including Penzance will be setting up their own dedicated teams to support key regeneration projects. A recent survey puts Penzance in the top 25 growing seaside holiday locales. A fleet of new trains on the London–Penzance route is likely to enhance connectivity by 2018. Given these development plans, job prospects in the town are expected to improve.

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