The county of Northamptonshire is situated in the East Midlands. It is completely surrounded by eight other counties, including Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire. A record of the county's name appeared in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1011 as 'Hamtunscire', with the prefix 'North' added later to differentiate it from Southampton.
Northampton is the county town and has the largest population at 212K people, followed by Kettering and Corby. The county is part of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Growth Area, where 84K new jobs were due to be created and 100K new homes planned for between 2010-2020. In the past, Northamptonshire was well known for its production of shoes and boots, and the Dr Martens brand, made by R Griggs and Co Ltd, still operates from Wollaston. Major employers in the county which have significant numbers of staff include Weetabix, Avon Products, Barclaycard and Siemens. The area is also famous because of the association it has with the motor sport industry and international races are regularly held at Silverstone Circuit and Rockingham Speedway.
Other large towns in the county include Rushden, Wellingborough and Daventry, with the latter being home to the largest Cummins plant in the UK. Daventry is arguably the leading area for employment in the county as less than 1% of the population is claiming job seekers allowance (JSA). Salaries also tend to be higher here, with the average annual disposal income (£18K) and median weekly earnings (£570) being the greatest in Northamptonshire. The transportation and storage sector is the largest local employer at 14%, however this also resulted in Daventry having the highest CO2 emissions per person in the county. The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal is based to the north of the district.
Recruitment agencies can be a valuable resource to connect interested job seekers with employment opportunities in the local area.