The county of Hertfordshire is in the East of England. It is one of the home counties, with London lying to the South, and has a total population of around 1,100,000 people. The county name comes from the Anglo Saxon words for "deer crossing".
The county is home to a large number of significant companies. These include Tesco, Roche Products Limited, Fujitsu and JD Wetherspoon.
The Hatfield area has past connections with the aviation industry and is where the first ever commercial airliner was created. The site is now occupied by the University of Hertfordshire and a large business park, with companies such as Ocado and EE (telecommunications) in residence there. Recruitment agencies are able to work closely with local businesses to find the right match for jobseekers.
The number of people in employment (according to NOMIS data for 2011-12) was higher than average, with 75.2% employment (compared to the 70.5% average for Great Britain). Gross weekly pay was also higher than the average, at £597.70 per week (compared to the £508.80 average). The services industry held the top position for most employee jobs, with 429,300 staff working in areas such as finance, IT, transport, communications, hotels, health and education.