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Swindon is a large town in Wiltshire, South West England, between Bristol, to the west, and Reading, the same distance east. London is 71 miles to the east, Cardiff 60 miles to the west and Oxford is 26 miles northeast.

Swindon railway station is on the line from London Paddington to Bristol. Swindon Borough Council is a unitary authority, independent of Wiltshire Council since 1997.

Swindon is home to the Bodleian Library's book depository, the English Heritage National Monument Record Centre, the headquarters of the National Trust, on the site of the former Great Western Railway works, and the Nationwide Building Society, and a Honda car manufacturing plant.

Well known Swindon employers include:

  • Honda
  • Vickers Armstrong Submarines
  • BMW / Mini
  • Dolby Labs
  • Halcrow
  • WH Smiths
  • Intel
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Zurich Financial Services
  • RWE Generation UK plc 
  •  Npower 
  •  Arval
  • Patheon 
  • Catalent Pharma Solutions
  • Vygon (UK) Ltd  
  • National Trust
  • Research Councils,
  • British Computer Society
  • TE Connectivity
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Software Test Labs
  • Becton Dickinson
  • the UK Space Agency 

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

Economically active: 119,900
In employment: 113,200
Employees: 101,900
Self-employed: 10,800
Unemployed: 5,000

Large job sectors in Swindon:

  • Programmers and software developers
  • Sales and retail occupations
  • Nurses
  • Customer service occupations
  • Administrative occupations
  • IT

Employers currently hiring in Swindon

  • National Health Service
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • CD group ltd
  • National Trust
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Zurich Insurance Group
  • Catalent Pharma Solutions Ltd
  • BNP Paribas
  • Marriott International
  • Aecom
  • Intel
  • WH Smith PLC
  • Serco Group

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Teaching
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Customer contact
  • SQL
  • Accounting
  • Procurement
  • TUPE HR experience
  • Retail industry knowledge


The Wiltshire economy benefits from the "M4 corridor effect", which attracts business, to the attractiveness of its countryside, towns and villages. The northern part of the county is richer than the southern part, particularly since Swindon is home to national and international corporations such as Honda, Intel, Motorola, Patheon, Catalent (formerly known as Cardinal Health), Becton-Dickinson, WHSmith, Early Learning Centre and Nationwide, with Dyson located in nearby Malmesbury.

Wiltshire’s employment structure is distinctive in having a significantly higher number of people in various forms of manufacturing (especially electrical equipment and apparatus, food products, and beverages, furniture, rubber, pharmaceuticals, and plastic goods) than the national average.

In addition, there is higher-than-average employment in public administration and defence, due to the military establishments around the county, particularly around Amesbury and Corsham.

There are sizeable British Army barracks at Tidworth, Bulford and Warminster, and the Royal School of Artillery is at Larkhill. Further north, RAF Lyneham was home to the RAF's Hercules C130 fleet until 2011; the MoD Lyneham site is now a centre for Army technical training.

Wiltshire is also distinctive for the high proportion of its working-age population who are economically active and its low unemployment rates.

Well known Wiltshire employers include:

  • Dyson
  •  Friends Life
  • Hitachi Capital
  • Zurich
  • Apetito
  • Greggs
  • Lyons Seafoods
  • Westbury Dairies
  • Alliance Pharma
  • Help For Heros
  • Centre Parcs
  • Longleat Safari
  • English Heritage
  • The National Trust

Employment Figures (taken from NOMIS October 2018)

  • Economically active: 257,600
  • In employment: 250,500
  • Employees: 209,300
  • Self-employed: 40,000
  • Unemployed: 7,300

Large job sectors in Wiltshire:

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

Employers currently hiring in Wiltshire

  • National Health Service
  • Dyson
  • Wiltshire Council
  • Wiltshire Health and Care LLp
  • Tesco PLC
  • Hamilton Cross
  • Alliance Boots
  • Apetito LTD
  • Serco Group
  • Skills Direct LTD
  • Ministry of Defence

The following skills are most requested:

  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Budgeting
  • Project management
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Cooking
  • Customer contact
  • Accounting
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Cleaning
  • Staff management


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