The county of Shropshire is situated in the West Midlands, and lies next to the Welsh, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire county borders. Its key towns include Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, and Ludlow, and the estimated population (as of 2010) is 293,400.
There are almost 13,000 active businesses in the county, and start-ups benefit from high levels of survival compared to the national and regional averages. Shropshire also enjoys a lower-than-average unemployment rate of just 2.6%
Most of the city's residents are employed in the wholesale and retail sector (16.1%), human health and social work (13.7%), manufacturing (10%), education (10%), and construction (8.3%). Most recruitment agencies report they advertise job vacancies within these sectors on a regular basis.
Whilst Shropshire's economy was traditionally based around agriculture, it is now far more service-oriented. The town of Shrewsbury enjoys a healthy income from tourism, and there many opportunities for employment both here, and in industry-based towns like Telford, Whitchurch, Oswestry, and Market Drayton. Major employers include Muller Dairy UK Ltd, the Royal Air Force, PDSA, ABP, Greendale, Kerry Ingredients, and the county council.
The median weekly wage for a full-time member of staff is £492.10, which is £11 less than the national average.