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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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  • Investments Administrator Adzuna
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    ...We are currently recruiting for a Large Financial company based in the heart of Southampton, located very close to both rail and bus routes. My client offers fantastic benefits including an on site subsidised canteen, opportunities to be nominated... more details

  • Experienced in Sales or Customer service? Full / Part time jobs Total Jobs
    • £20k-£22k OTE (basic plus bonuses)
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    ... as a charity fundraiser in Southampton. With a fantastic fun team spirit, a flat hourly rate and uncapped bonuses, what more can you want? Direct door to door fundraisers urgently required for our BOOMING Southampton location. Hourly pay - £7-£10 per hour... more details

  • Commis Chef 4 Luxury Hotel Southampton SO30
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    ...Commis Chef 4* Luxury Hotel Southampton Our client based near Southampton is recruiting a Commis Chef to join their 4* awarded Hotel. As a Commis Chef you will be working with the finest, freshest locally grown ingredients to produce food... more details

  • Stockloss Analyst Adzuna
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    ...Stockloss Analyst 25, 000 - 30, 000 salary Pension Bonus BUPA ShareSave 6.6 weeks holiday Southampton, Head Office. It’s our job to help customers create better homes and better lives. It could be yours, too. As Stockloss Analyst at B&Q, you’ll... more details

  • Fragrance and Beauty Consultants: Southampton
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    ... Southampton Department Stores. To be successful you will need the following: - Excellent communication and customer service skills - Ability to achieve sales targets - Show passion and enthusiasm about our brands - Be exceptionally well groomed, punctual... 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.