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Gloucestershire is a county in the South West of England, with a population of around 628,000. 83.6% of people in the area are economically active, with a low unemployment rate of just 2.6%.

Gloucestershire has a prosperous and resilient economy set within a highly attractive natural environment, which offers a high standard of living for its local residents. The county is mostly rural with two urban city centres that serve as the main business and commercial focal point. The urban areas are complemented by vibrant market towns that act as valuable employment hubs and key providers of services. The development of the county has been strongly influenced by connectivity to the Midlands and South West via the M5 and to London and the South East via the M4.

Gloucestershire has retained a significant manufacturing sector. It also has an established base for diverse multi-national and leading businesses within sectors such as financial services, pharmaceuticals, food technology and aerospace.

Well known employers in Gloucestershire include:

  • Government Communications HQ
  • Glaxo Smith-Kline
  • Cheltenham Racecourse
  • SuperGroup Plc
  • St James’s Place
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance
  • EDF Energy
  • Spirax-Sarco Engineering
  • Superdry Clothing
  • GE Aviation Systems
  • Renishaw

Large job sectors in Gloucestershire:

  • Programmers and software developers
  • Retail and sales
  • Nurses and health care
  • Administrative occupations
  • Chefs
  • Customer service occupations

Employers currently hiring in Gloucestershire:

  • National Health Service
  • Gloucestershire City Council
  • Renishaw PLC
  • Tesco Plc
  • Gloucestershire college
  • Barchester Healthcare
  • De Vere Group
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • General Electric Company
  • GCHQ

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Teaching
  • Cooking
  • Customer contact
  • Administrative Support

Sources: NOMIS, Labour Insights


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