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UK Space Agency launches one stop shop for jobs in space

21 Dec 2011

The UK Space Agency has today (21 December 2011) launched a space jobs feed on its website, providing a one stop shop for those looking for work in the UK’s thriving space sector.

Lisa Pathfinder at Astrium. Credit: EADS Astrium

Lisa Pathfinder at Astrium
Credit: EADS Astrium

Visitors to the UK Space Agency website are now able to view a job listings board and link directly back to the recruitment pages of many of the UK’s innovative space companies.

Dr David Williams, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said:

“The UK Space Agency is dedicated to supporting and furthering the growth of the UK space sector. Encouraging graduates with relevant skills and qualifications to pursue a career in our dynamic industry is a great way of doing this.  Our new jobs feed will provide a valuable service for the space industry and those looking to work in it.

The new jobs feed also supports the UK’s strategy for the future of the British space industry, proposing growth plans that are estimated to create a 100,000 new jobs in the UK within the next 20 years.

The UK's thriving space sector currently contributes around £7.5bn a year to the UK economy, directly employs 24,900 and supports a further 60,000 jobs across a variety of industries. It is a key component of a thriving international business that provides employment for a wide range of skilled professionals, including:

• experts in the electrical and mechanical engineering field
• physicists
• mathematicians
• machinists
• technicians
• IT and software systems experts

Companies and organisations currently participating in the feed include the European Space Agency (ESA), Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL), Avanti and Vega Space, with more to be added soon.

Any space sector organisation wishing to have their vacancies listed on the UK Space Agency website can contact the UK Space Agency digital team for further details.

Julia Short 
Press Officer
UK Space Agency
Tel: +44(0)1793 418069

Notes for editors

UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in the space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. It leads the UK's civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefits to all citizens.

Central to the work of the UK Space Agency is encouraging and supporting the high levels of growth which the industry has displayed over the last decade. The Agency works closely with the industry to maximise the benefits of UK's participation in European Space Agency (ESA); to ease the process of winning business in overseas markets; and to develop those areas of technology that are going to support growth in the future.

The UK Space Agency:
• co-ordinates UK civil space activity;
• supports academic research;
• nurtures the UK space industry;
• raises the profile of UK space activities at home and abroad;
• works to increase understanding of space and its practical benefits and;
• inspires our next generation of UK scientists and engineers.