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Where the jobs are

Despite the official figures revealing a rise in the numbers of people unemployed between April and June 2012 the West of England remains buoyant in what is currently a difficult economy.

Whilst fears of a double dip recession remain, the West of England has one of the highest rates of employment in the UK and even now, employers are actively looking for motivated and skilled candidates to join their workforces and help drive future growth.

Results from the South West Business Survey 2012 conducted by SERIO, A University of Plymouth Centre of Expertise suggest that businesses view the worst of the downturn to be over, with a 29% indicating they are more confident about their future prospects compared with the previous year.

In addition, around half of businesses (49%) indicated they have plans to expand, with a tenth of businesses indicating that their staff numbers are on an upward trajectory.

A recent report by the South West Observatory ‘ Prospects for Private Sector Growth in SW England’ shows a 1.9% projected increase in employment during the 2012-2016 period.

The chart shown here show some of the sectors projecting growth.

Prospects for Private Sector Jobs, growth in SW England

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Where the jobs are

Role specific Recruitment Trends

Local jobsearch


The key to accessing the unadvertised market is networking.

Networking is a mutual exchange and not a “one hit” communication. It takes time to build a network and you must be prepared to develop these relationships, as important, you must continue to network even when you have secured your next position.

Business West

Chamber of Commerce membership means joining a lively business community, which can help you to raise your business profile, access new business opportunities and get business support when you need it.

Institute of Directors

The majority of IoD members have set up and run their own business and so they are the leading business organisation for entrepreneurs.   Their aim is to support you both professionally and personally, whether you’re from a large public corporation or a small family firm.

Social Media

Social media is fast becoming a key tool in the jobseeker’s arsenal. Whether you love it or hate it, the rise in the numbers of people using social media platforms for professional networking means that it is a good place to find job opportunities.

LinkedIn - what is it?

  • LinkedIn is a business-orientated social network, used mainly for professional networking.
  • More than 100 million people use LinkedIn in over 700 countries.
  • It acts as a personal online CV.
  • More than 2 million businesses have a LinkedIn company page.
  • It helps you to build a network of professionals in your chosen industry areas.
  • It allows you to research companies and key contacts.

It is worth investing time in exploring this new technology and professional network, if you have not already.
Although LinkedIn does have a job board and roles are often advertised, it is worth getting in touch with your contacts to let them know you are looking for work and advertising your availability through your status.