Southport is a popular seaside town in the borough of Sefton. Due to its location, jobs in Southport rely largely on the tourism industry with special events such as air shows, flower shows and coastal golfing events attracting millions of visitors every year. Job seekers should take note of this when searching for job opportunities. The town is situated in the North West where cost of living is generally lower than the rest of the UK. With strong links to Liverpool, important areas such as Liverpool City Centre are easy to reach by car or train.
Southport Job Opportunities
Southport job opportunities can mainly be found in the following sectors, according to business resource Manta:
Travel and leisure
Health and social care
Due to the prevalence of travel, leisure and retail in Southport, customer service jobs and jobs within hospitality are often available. While tourism is a big part of Southport's economy, many other businesses in the public and private sectors operate in the town including well-known companies such as Lloyds, Ernst & Young and Deloitte, providing finance jobs. Public employers in sectors such as health and social care remain particularly strong in Southport also, according to a Sefton Unitary Development Plan report.
Southport Employment Trends
Investment in Southport's economy has been seen in a number of areas in recent years. Tourism investment came to just under £10 million for the past decade, according to Southportvisiter. At the same time, manufacturing in the town has diminished in the last 20 years, so jobseekers in this area will want to ensure their CVs set them apart from the competition.
According to national statistics, towards the end of 2014 unemployment was down for young people by 47% with projects such as the Merseyside Gateway taking on skilled workers. A job centre representative for Southport indicated at the time that job opportunities in retail and hospitality were particularly strong.