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South Gloucestershire is a unique unitary authority area in South West England. It comprises multiple suburban areas to the north and east of Bristol as well as a large rural space. South Gloucestershire was created in 1996 from the northern section of the county of Avon, which was abolished at that time.

South Gloucestershire took its title for historic reasons, but as a unitary authority it is not administered as part of the  county of Gloucestershire. It is, however, part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire, which means it shares its Lord Lieutenant (the Sovereign's representative to the county) with Gloucestershire. Because of its history as part of the county of Avon, South Gloucestershire works closely with the other unitary authorities that took over when that county was abolished, including shared services such as Avon Fire and Rescue Service[2] and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, together with co-operation in planning strategy for transport, roads and housing.

The main employers are the local authority with 9,500 people and the Ministry of Defence Headquarters for Defence Procurement and the Naval Support Command with 7,000 employees. Other key employers include Airbus, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail, which dominates the Filton-Patchway area of South Gloucestershire. Friends Provident and Hewlett Packard also have major offices in nearby Stoke Gifford.

Many employers operate in the heavily developed area between the northern edge of Bristol and the M5 motorway, an area sometimes described as the North Fringe of Bristol. This includes the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre, comprising The Mall regional shopping centre and the surrounding retail parks. East of Patchway are the Aztec West and Almondsbury business parks either side of the A38, extending to Bradley Stoke and the M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange. Employers with sites in this area include EE and the RAC.

South Gloucestershire is home to 99 primary schools, 16 secondary schools, and post-16 colleges and centres. There is one university, the University of the West of England, which was a former polytechnic.

Well known South Gloucestershire employers

  • MOD
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Airbus
  • AXA Life
  • Rolls Royce
  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • EE Ltd
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Hewlett Packard
  • BAE Systems
  • MBDA Services
  • RAC Motoring Services
  • British Nuclear Group

Employment figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 151,300
In employment: 145,500
Employees: 126,900
Self employed: 18,100
Unemployed: 4,600

Large job sectors in South Gloucestershire:

  • Managers and proprietors
  • Nurses and care workers
  • Teaching and childcare professionals
  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Chefs
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations

Employers currently hiring in South Gloucestershire

  • National Health Service
  • Tailster
  • Circadium Trust
  • Bromford Group ltd
  • Urbanleaf ltd
  • Greggs
  • GCI Group Ltd
  • Barchester Healthcare
  • Alliance Boots
  • Tesco PLC

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Teaching and childcare
  • Information Technology Experience
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Retail industry knowledge
  • Software Development
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning


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