Renowned for it's rolling hills and open spaces, Somerset is a rural UK county that has developed a respected agriculture and food & drink industry. The county is based in the south west of England and covers notable towns / cities including Bath, Yeovil, Wells and Taunton.
Of it's 900K+ population, around 15K Yeovil inhabitants are employed within agriculture or food & drink jobs. The county is heavily involved with the production of cider, being home to specialist cider producers such as Thatchers Cider and Burrow Hill Cider Farm. It is also home to several dairy production companies, including Yeo Valley Organic and the Ilchester Cheese Company. Aside from this, tourism is a major industry in Somerset, supporting 9% of the county's workforce. Attractions include it's coastal towns, Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Railway.
Military employment openings are widely found in Somerset, with the Ministry of Defence offices, the 40 Commando Royal Marines and the Royal Naval Air Station being based in the county. Over 2,000 civilian and 1,600 service personnel are stationed at the Royal Naval Air Station, which is located in Yeovilton. Somerset is also one of the country's main suppliers of defence technology, being home to Thales Underwater Systems and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.
One of the leading Somerset towns for employment is Yeovil, a parish in the south of the county that has a population of 45K. The town has become a centre for defence and helicopter / aerospace jobs and is home to high profile employers including BAE Systems, AGC AeroComposites and AgustaWestland. As well as these technical fields, Yeovil is also considered a popular location for distribution services, whilst finance and office based jobs have also seen sustained growth over the last decade.
At a mere 4%, unemployment in Somerset is significantly lower than the Great Britain average of 7.9%. Into Somerset, a public sector investment organisation launched in 2008, is continuing to support businesses to relocate to Somerset from other areas of the UK. These efforts have been hailed by recruitment agencies for bringing new jobs to the county.