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Southampton is a large enough city to generate a fantastic range of jobs. Within the urban sprawl of Southampton and surrounding districts are one million people and the industries they work for are spread across manufacturing, health, education, media, tourism and finance - plus many more. But it's not just the size - the geographical location of Southampton favours a wonderful mix of potential careers. The docks are a gateway to the world for exporters - and a gateway to the UK for importers. And the city's position on shipping routes has also made it a favourite for the large cruise liners (including the Titanic back in 1912!). Southampton also sits close to the beautiful Hampshire countryside, the New Forest and South Downs National Park, so tourism is another buoyant industry. And it's proximity to other major cities such as Portsmouth, Winchester, Basingstoke, Reading and even London make it a convenient location for larger businesses with district offices.

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  • Assistant Manager - Superb Southampton Restaurant & Bar - £25k
    • From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum Plus amazing work-life balance!
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    ...Assistant Manager Profit Share Bonus Scheme! Salary of up to £25, 000 Expanding, successful company Southampton Restaurant All fresh produce Opportunities for Future Progression This is an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Manager to join... more details

  • Retail Assistant Adzuna
    • 14,900 - 17,530 (doe) plus bonus and benefits
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    ...Professional retail / trade counter customer service role based at Arco''s store in Hedge End, Southampton. Full Time position covering 40 hours per week. Hedge End, Southampton 14, 900 - 17, 530 dependent on experience plus bonus and company... more details

  • Web application developer - Southampton - £28K - £35K CWJobs I.T.
    • £28000 - £35000 per annum
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    ...Web Application Developer - Southampton - £28K - £35K + excellent benefits A well established organisation based in Southampton are looking for a web application developer to join their expanding development team, the role will involve a mix... more details

  • ERP Implementer / Project Manager - Southampton - £30k CWJobs I.T.
    • £25000 - £30000 per annum
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    ...ERP Implementer / Project Manager - Southampton - £30k ERP Implementer / Project Manager required to join my client, a leading software house in Southampton. The role is multi-dimensional and requires a dynamic individual. You will be involved... more details

  • Site Manager - Externals Career Structure
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    ...Site Manager - Externals Southampton (Digs available) ASAP - Until August My client, a contractor who are big enough to make an impact in the industry but still of the right size to value & nurture their talented people, are urgently seeking... more details

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Southampton Essential Jobseeker Information


The docks, airport, roads and railway make Southampton a logical choice for anyone looking for a career in distribution - or transport logistics as it's also known. There was a time when a job in this industry meant nothing more than an HGV licence and a willingness to drive for long hours. But today it's a real science with the business acumen to move goods around in the cheapest and quickest way able to make a company millions of pounds. Future managers are increasingly needing a degree or HND when they enter the industry but you'll certainly need qualifications in business studies or economics to demonstrate you've got what it takes to climb the career ladder. You'll also need IT and personnel skills.


Southampton is perhaps rather late in creating a Cultural Quarter to the city. Most cities have had one for years but Southampton has just begun work on theirs which will incorporate museums, libraries, galleries, theatres and the like and will look to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the city. Of course, Southampton already has much of the above offering attractive careers but bringing them all together in one 'quarter' will maximise their potential and increase employment in this sector.

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Other major employers in the city include Ordnance Survey (the map people) who moved their headquarters to the city in 2011, retail centres such as West Quay and Southampton City Council. B&Q was created in Southampton in 1969 and has grown to be a world leader with stores all over the world. They have a large presence in the Southampton area including their Store Support Office at Eastleigh.