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Bath and North East Somerset (commonly referred to as BANES or B&NES) is the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset Council that was created in 1996 following the abolition of the county of Avon. It is part of the  county of Somerset.

Bath and North East Somerset covers an area of 136 square miles (352 km2), of which two thirds is green belt. It stretches from the outskirts of Bristol, south into the Mendip Hills and east to the southern Cotswold Hills and Wiltshire border. The city of Bath is the principal settlement in the district, but BANES also covers Keynsham, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield and the Chew Valley.

The importance of Bath expanded massively during the Roman period, and its industry developed from a largely agricultural basis to include coal mining with the coming of canals and railways. Bath developed as a spa resort in Georgian times and remains a major cultural tourism centre having gained World Heritage City status.

The area has around 8,500 businesses employing around 92,000 people.  Our economy produced roughly £3.2bn in gross value added (GVA) output in 2012.

The Bath area has a relatively low unemployment rate (3.1% compared to 3.4% in the West of England and 4.9% nationally), relatively highly qualified residents (44% with qualifications of NVQ4+) and 25% of residents employed in professional occupations.

Well known BANES Employers

  • Rotork PLC
  • Wessex Water
  • Redde PLC
  • Happold PLC
  • Howard Garages
  • Independent Vetcare PLC
  • University of Bath
  • Future PLC

Employment figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 104,200
In employment: 102,300
Employees: 85,600
Self employed: 15,400
Unemployed: 2,700

Large job sectors in BANES:

  • Managers and proprietors
  • Nurses and care workers
  • Programmers and software development professionals
  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Chefs
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations

Employers currently hiring in BANES

  • National Health Service
  • The University of Bath
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Alliance Boots
  • Future PLC
  • Adlib Holdings Ltd
  • Rotork PLC
  • MAID2Clean
  • J D Wetherspoon PLC

The following skills are most requested:

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


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