Service Industries

Industries that that supply or do something for other people are providing a service. In the UK, over 70% of the workforce are employed in service industries.


Most services are found near their customers. Some cities may have service industries grouped together to create an entertainment district or a financial sector.

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Canary Wharf, London

Out-of-town shopping complexes have also been built in recent years that offer a wide range of services under one roof, including: shops, banks, travel agents, restaurants and cinema screens.


In richer countries like the UK, there are usually more workers employed in service jobs than in poorer countries. This is because the people have more leisure time and can afford to pay for things like hobbies and travel which create service jobs.

Increasing numbers of women are employed in service industries in the UK, often making use of flexible working hours or part-time work to fit in with childcare. Working from home has also risen with the development of the Internet.

Today, many services jobs are done with the help of computers because they are cheaper and more reliable than employing staff.

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