The Cumbrian town of Workington is found in the Borough of Allerdale on the River Derwent, west of the Lake District. Jobs in Workington are strongest in retail, manufacturing, and Health and Social Work (2011 Census), and there will be significant investment in the near future at the local Port of Workington. The town is a desirable location with natural surroundings, a strong retail presence and plenty of entertainment; the town is home to three theatres. With rent costs averaging £424, £160 cheaper than nearby Whitehaven (home.co.uk), the town is an enticing location.
Workington Job Opportunities
Workington's strongest sector of employment is retail, with a range of companies operating in the town including:
Currys PC World
Skills or experience in customer service and sales jobs are ideal for this line of work, and there are opportunities to climb the career ladder into supervisory and management roles. Manufacturing jobs are the second strongest work sector in Workington, having attracted business from the likes of:
TATA Steel (steel producer)
Pentagon Chemicals (chemical manufacturer)
TIS Ltd (steel fabrication)
Iggesund Paperboard Ltd (paperboard manufacturer)
Those with engineering degrees as well as machine operation experience and skills in IT and communication will be ideal for manufacturing work.
Workington Employment Trends
Statistics for those with jobs in Workington have improved from 72.8% (July 2013 to June 2014) to 75.2% (April 2014 to March 2015), but jobseekers will still need to stand out and impress employers by showcasing the desired skills and qualifications (ONS). The future outlook for the local economy, particularly in operations and logistics, was boosted by the news of £20.9m investment in infrastructure at the Port of Workington, where new access roads for HGVs will be built, as well as improved rail capacity.