Local Employment Sectors and Campaigns

In East Sussex we have several priority employment sectors. These are all important to our local economy and offer a wide range of job opportunities at all levels. Some of our priority sectors have current projects and recruitment campaigns to promote jobs that are available now.


Landbased careers relate to farming, and industries connected to the land and environment, including horticulture, food production, forestry, with opportunities in landscape design, floristry, tourism and recreation, animals, nature conservation and caring for our land and environment.

Current opportunities exist with Pick for Britain, here you will find growers, recruiters, and agencies that have job opportunities across the country.

Creative and Digital

Creative & Digital media describes careers in all kinds of audio-visual mediums, including online platforms, TV, radio, console games, event management, and more.


From Quantity Surveyors to Site Managers, Technical Engineers to Architects, the industry has a variety of roles that require different abilities and strengths. If you tend to prefer more technical or mathematical exercises, Architects and Quantity Surveyors are perhaps more suited to you. But if you prefer a more hands-on or labour intensive role, then a Bricklayer or Site Manager position is probably more your cup of tea. There are several fields of work within the construction industry which are easily accessible for those with the relevant skills and experience. In fact, your existing skills and professional experience may be transferrable or even in-demand for some of these roles.

The CITB is the Industry Training Board for Construction and helps deliver all types of training in the sector including apprenticeships.

Health and Social Care

This sector includes all medical and social care careers in the public and private sectors. There is a constant demand for new staff nationally and in East Sussex to join the sector, and this was reinforced by the urgent need for social care staff due to the covid-19 crisis resulting in the national campaign Every Day is Different.

For opportunities for working in the sector in East Sussex go to Adult Social Care - East Sussex

Skills for Care is the skills council for this sector and offers a lot of information about jobs in this sector.

For those of you interested in a job and career in health and social care here is a list of current key national and regional programmes to enable you to work out which pre-employment and work experience suits your needs. If you need help in deciding which route into the health and care sector you can ask advice from the following agencies:

- If you are at school or college contact the National Careers Service or ask your careers teacher
- If you are 16-18 please seek advice from an adviser at the Youth Employability Service
- If you are older please contact the National Careers Service

Visitor Economy

This important sector for East Sussex consists of hospitality and destination services, passenger transport and travel, and retail (not including motor retail). This includes visitor attractions; hotels and B&Bs; museums, galleries and zoos; restaurants, caf├ęs and bars; and the manufacture and wholesale of food and drink.


In East Sussex the sector is diverse, comprising a wide variety of industries and technologies from established sectors such as vacuum/photonics, food and drink, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, electronics and automotive to new industries developing around emerging technologies - low carbon, industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, digital and advanced materials including composites.