Written by Kimberley Startup | January 13, 2014
It might be easy for many of those recruiters and jobseekers elsewhere in the United Kingdom to forget just how integral a contribution to the economy Cardiff makes. As the UK’s 10th largest city, the capital of Wales is an often overlooked destination for everything from retail to marketing recruitment, but with prominent employers ranging from Cardiff Council and Endsleigh Insurance Services to British Gas and ITV Wales, Cardiff has a lot to offer the recruitment market.
Graduates and other jobseekers looking for roles in the world of sport are often attracted to Cardiff; its complement of sporting venues including the Millennium Stadium, where the Welsh national football and rugby union teams play, as well as the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, SWALEC Stadium, and Cardiff International Sports Stadium, where Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club is based. With Cardiff being the European City of Sport in 2009 and set to resume the title in 2014, there’s no question that sporting talent will continue to be attracted here for a long time to come.
Those firms recruiting staff in sport and other fields enjoy a stream of well-trained and motivated candidates from the city’s leading universities, including Cardiff University, with its strengths in town planning, management and engineering, as well as the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), which is noted for sport and design-related disciplines. Meanwhile, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) produces strong graduates in music, drama and arts management fields. Naturally, these institutions are also major recruiters of talented graduates in lecturing roles.
Business services and finance recruitment are other focal points of the Cardiff economy, companies basing significant national or regional headquarters or contact centres here ranging from Admiral Insurance, HBOS and ING Direct to BT, The AA and Principality Building Society. They occupy Cardiff’s many prominent office towers, including Brunel House and Capital Tower. Media, too, is a prominent sector within Cardiff, with studios being operated in the city by BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C, and independent TV production firms based here should find no shortage of highly-skilled staff.
In common with many other cities, Cardiff firms also frequently undertake retail recruitment for both prominent and less well-known brands across the city, especially in the Queen Street and St. Mary Street areas of the city centre and large suburban retail parks in Culverhouse Cross, Leckwith and Cardiff Bay. But much as Cardiff is a major retail destination, so it also offers many other sights and sounds for visitors. Attractions like the Wales Millennium Centre, St Fagans National History Museum and Cardiff Castle contribute to a burgeoning tourism sector, which also serves as a further draw for the very best candidates and recruiters.
Such sectors, as well as the likes of information and communications technology and property and development, have assisted Cardiff’s successful transition from its traditional strengths in coal and steel. With a little help from a recruitment agency like Webrecruit (http://www.webrecruit.co.uk), recruiters and candidates alike can take better advantage of the area’s thriving 21st century economy.