Situated just outside Edinburgh, West Lothian is one of Scotland's unitary council areas, and has seen the births of Alex Salmond, David Tennant and Susan Boyle.
The area is rapidly gaining wider recognition as Scotland's economic hub, which has given rise to increasing levels of employment. Sitting between Glasgow and Edinburgh, it is within an hour's drive of 60% of Scotland's population, which is ideal for staff members of the numerous businesses positioned there. Supermarket giant Tesco has a large distribution centre in Livingston, which is the largest town in West Lothian and is situated in the east of the area, 15miles west of Edinburgh. Broadcasting company BSkyB also has a number of offices in Livingston. The area is also home to a selection of new and smaller businesses. Livingston presents a high level of opportunity for recruitment agencies in Scotland, as a variety of international businesses have offices in the area.
80.1% of the West Lothian population of 16-64 year olds are educated to NVQ1 level of education, a figure that is just shy of that for the whole of Scotland. Of the 113,800 people between the ages of 16 and 64, 74.4% are in employment in comparison to 70.8% for the whole of Scotland.