Hampshire is the biggest county in South East England, with a total area of 3,679 square kilometres. The county's name comes from the original settlement, known in Old English as 'Hantum' and which turned into the city of Southampton.
It has the fifth largest county population and is home to over 1,750,000 people (including Portsmouth and Southampton). The county's GDP (recorded in 2005) was £32.3 billion.
According to the Business Register and Employment Survey 2011, the highest number of staff work in the health sector, followed by the retail, education, manufacturing, business and technical industries. Other prominent job sectors include accommodation, information and communication, finance, construction and the arts. The weekly average salary for all full time workers in the county was £553, higher than the UK average of £506.
The New Forest attracts a large number of visitors every year, along with the port cities of Southampton and Portsmouth, so the tourism industry is a significant employer. The Royal Navy and the shipping industries offer positions to those interested in working in and around the busy ports. Speaking to recruitment agencies in the area will give job seekers the best chance to connect with the right employers in Hampshire.