The Home County of Berkshire is covered by West Berkshire Council, has a population of 863,900 and encompasses the Thames Valley and M4 corridor from London out to Newbury and Hungerford to the west, making it a hotbed for commuters with easy links to the capital.
However, the county takes in big towns bursting with commerce in their own right too, such as Reading and Slough, with other commuter towns such as Maidenhead and Bracknell, and even the Queens home of Windsor, giving stark comparisons between lush green parkland, tourism and commercial centres.
Employment in Slough is high, thanks to it being home to the biggest trading estate in Europe, and the second in the world, and the town encompasses the most business headquarters than anywhere else in Britain, which include 02, Blackberry, Mars and Reckitt Benckiser.
Reading attracts staff members from the IT industry with firms such as Microsoft and Bang and Olufsen, however recruitment agencies are full of opportunities within the financial sector as well as accounting and insurance.
The influx of tourism creates jobs in the county too, with attractions such as Ascot Racecourse, Newbury Racecourse, Windsor Castle, Legoland and Eton College.
Unemployment stands at 5.3%, however professionals make up 21.5% of the workforce and a huge 38.8% are qualified to degree level or equivalent.