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Oxfordshire has one of the strongest economies in the South East, which is in turn the powerhouse of the national economy. Oxfordshire is globally competitive in areas such as high performance engineering, bioscience, medical instruments and publishing. 

Oxfordshire has major education and tourist industries and is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities. Oxford University Press is the largest firm among a concentration of print and publishing firms; the University of Oxford is also linked to the high number of student industries.

As well as the city of Oxford, other centres of population are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Carterton and Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south.

Well known Oxfordshire employers include:

  • The University of Oxford
  • BMW Manufacturing
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Waitrose
  • Unipart Group
  • Oxfam
  • BT
  • Nielson
  • Taylor and Francis Group
  • BGP Group
  • Amey PLC
  • CPM UK
  • Fresh Direct
  • Newsquest

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 377,100
In employment: 366, 300
Employees: 316,200
Self-employed: 49,200
Unemployed: 10,800

Large job sectors in Oxfordshire:

  • Nurses
  • Programmers and software developers
  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Care workers and home carers

Employers currently hiring in Oxfordshire

  • National Health Service
  • Oxford University
  • Travelodge
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Value Retail Management (Bicester Village) Ltd
  • Allen Associates Ltd
  • Tesco PLC
  • GLL Limited
  • Ultimate Activity
  • Barchester Healthcare
  • Oxfam

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Teaching
  • SQL
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Software Development
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Contact
  • Retail Industry Knowledge
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking


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