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On this page we feature employers and jobs in the Folkestone and Hythe area, for details of more national and regional employers, including some of the biggest businesses operating in Shepway visit the Kent jobs listings.
The population of the District of Shepway is just over 100,000, Folkestone and it's suburbs account for about a third of the total, other significant settlements in Shepway include Hythe, New Romney and Lydd, Acrise, Elham, Hawkinge, Lyminge, Saltwood, Sandgate and Sellindge.
Folkestone enjoyed a reputation as one of the region's more attractive seaside resorts, with a vibrant port. Today the economic profile is very different, its status as a tourist destination is much more modest today and the fortunes of the port are at a relatively low ebb. There is no regular ferry service from the town but it can only be a matter of time before either the Folkestone to Boulogne or Folkestone to Ostend routes open up again, particularly with the closure of the Ramsgate to Ostend route earlier this year.
For more local employers and recruitment resources follow the links for: Ashford, Canterbury and the North East Kent coast (Herne Bay and Whitstable), Dover Deal and Sandwich,Sittingbourne and Thanet.
The Channel Tunnel is based in Shepway and it does provide employment and brings a certain amount of revenue in it's own right. Manufacturing and service industries have gained in importance over the last forty years Saga and Silver Spring just two of the names with a strong local identity. According to Shepway District Council the average wage in the are is well below the regional average.
Ltd - http://www.achuk.com/
ACH has been a regional residential care provider for more than a decade. Their core activity is supporting people with conditions such as; challenging behavior, autistic spectrum disorder, sensory impairments and epilepsy. Typically the organisation does publish current vacancies on the website. There is a facility at Bradwell House on the Brockhill Road, CT21 4AQ.
Aldi - http://www.aldi.co.uk/
Aldi is a retailer with a growing profile and reputation in the UK. They compete on price and value for money, prices kept low because of the economies of scale the supermarket chain is able to create. They can bring the leverage of the buying power of 5,000 supermarket outlets to their procurement process. This generally isn't an opportunity when buying big named brands. Store layouts are simple and there are few promotions and special offers. Employees tend to be well paid compared on a like for like basis but the store has a reputation for requiring a strong level of commitment from its people. The local Hythe store is at 70-72 High Street, CT21 5AL.
Buzzlines - http://www.aldi.co.uk/
Buzzlines Travel is a coach operator established over 20 years ago. It provides national and international coach services, including holidays and tours. coach based commuter services, private coach hire and corporate travel solutions. Most vacancies connected to driving and maintaining of vehicles. Buzzlines Travel, Lympne Distribution Park, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4LR.
Park Performing Arts College - http://www.brockhill.kent.sch.uk/
Teaching, non-teaching vacancies including secretarial jobs advertised on this Hythe school's website also details of Graduate Teaching Placements. Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Sandling Road, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, CT21 4HL.
Christ Church University - http://www.canterbury.ac.uk
This institution has been teaching and training people for over 50 years, its courses have traditionally been focussed on preparing students for a career in the public services. The institution has over 16,000 students spread over a number of campuses including the Folkestone centre at University Centre, Glassworks, CT20 1JG. There are about 2,200 employees working at several centres over Kent. The website has clear and helpful recruitment pages.
Cannon & Co - http://www.gcannon.co.uk/
Chartered Certified Accountants providing accountancy service from its branches in Sandwich and Folkestone. 6 West Cliff Gardens, CT20 1SP.
Clifton Hotel - http://www.thecliftonhotel.com/
One of Folkestone’s premier hotels with an elegant cliff-top position and spectacular views of the English Channel. Built in 1864, originally as a seaside townhouse for its Victorian residents, it nestles in the centre of Folkestone’s famous Leas, which is renowned for its well-kept lawns and gardens. Clifton Gardens, The Leas, CT20 2EB.
Kent NHS Trusts
Still one of the biggest employers in the world in terms of numbers of staff and also the largest employer in South Kent, local trusts include: Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority. The main NHS recruitment website holds hundreds of Kent job vacancies at any one time (over 600 at our last visit).
There's quite a wide range of career opportunities available at Eurostar, vacancies connected to the actual operational side; the physical running of trains; these can be further divides into two parts. customer facing and non-customer facing. Customer facing roles are the ones that probably first spring to mind, onboard staff and staff working at stations. The non customer facing roles include: security,cleaning and engineering vacancies. There are also a number of head office and administration jobs and these include all of the functions that you might associate with a large international company. The benefits of working for Eurostar can include (terms and conditions will apply): Free and discounted travel on Eurostar for you and your family, discounts on air travel, season ticket and childcare schemes.
One of the biggest employers in the area with about 2,200 employees, spread over all it's operations. A knowledge of French for some vacancies may be required. At the time of writing vacancies not published on the website, contact the company directly for details of local jobs. Eurotunnel Group, Ashford Road, CT18 8XX.
Fitness Club - http://www.firsclub.co.uk
Advertise full time vacancies on their website, and they welcome welcome the submission of applications for part time posts from suitably qualified and experienced candidates. The Firs Club, Firs Lane, Cheriton, CT19 4QF.
The Job Centre is in Trinity Road, for full contact details follow the link. For job seekers in Shepway the Jobcentreplus is one of the most important free resource. It usually holds more job vacancies in Shepway than any other organisation. They can provide help on full time or part time employment in Folkestone as well as CV and interview advice.
Folkestone Racecourse - http://www.folkestone-racecourse.co.uk
The racecourse is owned by Arena Leisure Plc. The group is made up of three businesses; Racing Division, Catering Division: Broadcast. The racing arm manages a quarter of all racing fixtures in the UK. Stone Street Westenhanger, Hythe, CT21 4HX. At the time of writing there was no longer regular racing at the course although it was running ad-hoc and one off events, this has led to a decline in the number of full time and casual staff employed.
Gopak - http://www.gopak.co.uk
is the UK's market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of lightweight aluminium folding tables. Based in Hythe, Gopak Ltd can be found on Range Road, CT21 6HG.
K College -
The College has recently merged and provides a wide range of programmes from five campuses in Ashford, Dover, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. The teaching and support jobs reflect the work of the college. K College, 34 - 36 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2TZ.
Cliff Hall - http://www.leascliffhall.co.uk/
Full and part time vacancies, ushers. bar and catering staff frequently needed. The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2DZ.
London Ashford Airport - http://www.lydd-airport.co.uk/
Advertise vacancies from time to time on their website. The Airport is owned by London Ashford Airport Ltd, a subsidiary of FAL Aviation. Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 9QL.
Saga - http://www.saga.co.uk/careers.aspx
Saga is one of the UK's best known brands, and one of the biggest employers in Shepway. They offer a wide range of job opportunities in a range like: Customer Service Agents, Resort Reps, Marketing Executives, Sales Agent Customer Service Agents. Jobs in Folkestone, Thanet, Hastings and occasionally in even more exotic locations.
District Council - http://www.shepway.gov.uk/
The District Council is one of the most important employers in the area. At the time of writing the organisation has over 500 members of staff in full time and part time roles. The basic pay is complimented by excellent terms and conditions including the local government occupational pension. There is a regularly updated website with the latest vacancies . Shepway District Council has its main office at the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue Folkestone, CT20 2QY.
Smith, Woolley & Perry - http://www.swandp.co.uk/
Chartered Surveyors and estate agents, assist clients to bring quality residential accommodation and commercial properties to the market. Local contact details: Manor Office, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2RB.
Brothers & Co - http://www.spainbrothers.co.uk
Are a firm of Business Advisors and Chartered Accountants with three business divisions specialising in; regulated services, taxation and business services. They have a varied client portfolio and this is reflected in their recruitment needs. The company has around 40 members of staff working at offices in Canterbury and Dover as well as the Folkestone office in: 29 Manor Road, CT20 2SE.
Healthcare - http://www.spirehealthcare.com/jobs/
Spires was born out of the sale of a number of BUPA Hospitals in 2007, today it has just under 40 facilities in all four corners of the UK. The Spires mission is: "To be recognised as a world class healthcare business." Most current vacancies can be accessed through the main national recruitment portal. St Saviour's Hospital is in Hythe at 73 Seabrook Road.
The Folkestone School For Girls - http://www.folkestonegirls.kent.sch.uk/
Current teaching and support vacancies advertised on the website. This all girls institution seeks to create a caring community "where excellence is encouraged in all areas". Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3RB - 01303 251125.
The Grand - http://www.grand-uk.com/
The Grand is a magnificent restaurant, wine bar, function and conference centre with a host of suites for accommodation in one of the finest positions on the south coast. Job vacancies on the website. The Grand, The Leas, CT20 2XL
Viola - http://www.veoliawater.co.uk/
Viola Water South East the new name for Folkestone and Dover Water. They are a water only supplier and operate in an area that is completely reliant on underground reservoirs. Follow the link to utility jobs. Veolia Water Southeast Ltd, The Cherry Garden, Cherry Garden Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4QB.
Waitrose is the supermarket arm of the JLP. The business is able to offer in-store jobs, a graduate recruitment schemes and head office and logistics opportunities. All the relevant details can be found on the excellent Waitrose recruitment portal. There are a growing number of stores across Kent including the Hythe branch which can be found in Prospect Road, at CT21 5NH.
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