Based in the South East of the UK, Surrey is one of the country's home counties and includes towns such as Woking, Guildford and Ewell. Surrey is one of the leading settlements for GDP, salaries and employment, and local recruitment agencies will place candidates into permanent, temporary and contract jobs across multiple sectors.
Recruitment agencies in Surrey can be found within all of the county's major districts. These include Elmbridge, Waverley and Spelthorne. Woking is the most populated town in the area and employment firms here are predominantly situated on the high street and close to Woking Train Station. Elsewhere, Guildford has the second highest number of residents in Surrey and a larger spread of recruiters. Similar to Woking, many are found on the high street, however a significant proportion of agencies are based to the west of the River Wey. The Surrey recruitment market is mainly comprised of multi-sector agencies, although there are firms that specialise in sectors such as Oil & Gas, Care and Engineering.
Surrey has a population of 1,161,300 (2014) and 604,500 are considered to be economically active. Of this figure, 585,200 are in employment and this gives the county an employment rate of 77.9%, which is higher than both the UK and South East average. Surrey also has some of the country's highest earning professionals, with the median weekly pay being £653.90. The highest earnings are typically found in Runnymede and Spelthorne.
The Financial Services sector is one of the biggest contributors to GVA in the region and a number of Finance firms base themselves locally. For instance, Allianz Insurance is headquartered in Guildford, while AXA Insurance have an office in Cobham. More than 27% of the workforce are employed in the Financial and Business services, including Auditors, Compliance Managers and Paraplanners. Retail also offers hiring opportunities thanks to shopping hotspots such as The Mall and The Atrium, while firms including Samsung and Toshiba provide IT job prospects. Additionally, recruitment agencies in the Surrey area will commonly recruit staff for the Health, Education and Administration sectors.