The term 'the home counties' is used to refer to the counties which surround Greater London. There is no firm definition of which counties fall under this banner, but they are usually understood to include Kent, Surrey, Essex, Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and sometimes Sussex.
The origin of the name is also a subject of debate, but can be understood as referring to the tradition of using a 'home farm' around a house, with London as the house and the surrounding counties as the 'farm' surrounding it.
Kent and Essex have the fifth and sixth highest county population in England, with 1,466,500 and 1,396,600 inhabitants respectively. Hampshire is the largest county in South East England, with a total area of 3,679 square kilometres. Many of the home counties have a higher average weekly wage than the rest of great Britain, for example £597.70 per week in Hertfordshire (compared to the £508.80 average).
Many people who live in the area commute into London for work, although the home counties are a rich source of jobs and employment opportunities in their own right. Recruitment agencies in the home counties will be able to connect companies and staff regarding jobs in the area and in Greater London.