Found on the "The English Riviera," Torquay is the ideal location for those looking to work within the services industry, with jobs in Torquay strongly centred on tourism. The population of this seaside town (65,245) accounts for as much as half of the wider Torbay area, a unitary authority containing Torquay and two other towns. Those looking to work and live in this town will benefit from rent prices that are 12% below those found in nearby Plymouth, according to a recent comparison of their respective statistics. Torquay is also lower on rent prices, by 11%, than Exeter 18 miles to the north.
Torquay Job Opportunities
As a seaside town, jobs in Torquay are mainly focused on services, so those looking for a new job or career change in the town may want to look into this sector of employment. Important skills in this area include communication, flexibility, listening and problem solving, with roles such as hospitality jobs, and those in accommodation and health strong in the town. According to an ONS survey for 2014/15, 92% of employee jobs are in service positions. Besides the roles already mentioned, finance and other business services account for 13% of employment. If finance jobs offer an enticing career path for you, employers often look for logical and analytical skills as well as good IT proficiencies.
Torquay Employment Trends
Figures announced by the Office for National Statistics indicate that the local economy in South Devon, where Torquay is located, is on the rise in line with the rest of the UK. Indications are that the local economy has grown by 3% on figures from last year's second quarter, taking the economy to 0.2% above statistics for the start of 2008. Improvements for the future have been set out in the Torbay Economic Strategy 2013-2018, which aims for upgrades to the marine economy and the introduction of new visitor attractions.