Lincoln’s economy is based mainly on public administration, commerce, arable farming and tourism.
The main employment sectors in Lincoln are; public administration, education and health, which accounts for 34 per cent of the workforce. Distribution, restaurants and hotels account for 25 per cent of the workforce.
Key employers include Royal Air Force, NHS, Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln and Siemens.
Lincoln has developed a growing IT economy, with many e-commerce mail order companies setting up in or around the city. A plethora of other, more conventional small industrial businesses are located in and around Lincoln.
One of the drivers for the building of the University of Lincoln was to increase inward investment into the city and act as a springboard for small companies.
Lincoln is the main centre for jobs and facilities in Central Lincolnshire, and performs a wider regional role that extends to cover much of Lincolnshire and parts of Nottinghamshire.
According to the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Core Strategy, Lincoln has a "travel-to-work" area population of approximately 300,000.