With a population of over 200K people, Luton is the largest settlement within the South East county of Bedfordshire. The town is located 30 miles from London and surrounded by Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard. Excluding the latter, this is collectively known as the Luton / Dunstable Urban Area. Luton recruitment agencies are in high demand to fill vacancies both in the town and neighbouring areas.
Economic overview and salaries
The Luton labour market is made up of over 80K employees and this contributes towards an unemployment figure of around 3.5%. This is slightly greater than Leighton Buzzard, but comparatively less than the majority of nearby towns. The area also performs well in relation to advertised salaries, with average earnings typically exceeding £30K.
Key industries and employers
The administration, retail, health and public sectors employ over half of the local workforce. Luton Borough Council is the largest employer and more than 8000 people work for this unitary authority. Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS and the University of Bedfordshire are other significant employers in the area.
London Luton Airport has seen other noteworthy employers such as EasyJet and Monarch Airlines base their headquarters locally. Nearby Leighton Buzzard further supports the local aviation industry and is home to B/E Aerospace.
Before closing in 2002, a Vauxhall Motors plant provided more than 30K jobs to the area, establishing the town as a leader in car manufacturing and engineering. The headquarters are still situated here, located less than five miles from Luton Airport Parkway Station. Other local firms in this field include Hayward Taylor, IBC Vehicles Limited and Ultra Precision Engineering, all of which supply business to nearby Dunstable and Hitchin. Furthermore, Dunstable is home to Magna Seating, a multinational manufacturer that works in conjunction with Vauxhall.
Where to find recruitment agencies in Luton
The majority of recruitment agencies that cover Luton, Leighton Buzzard and adjoining towns are multi-sector recruiters. They tend to be based within Luton town centre, however there are agencies situated near outer villages such as Hightown and Wigmore. Specialist staffing firms are less prominent, but can be found on estates including Capability Green and Basepoint Business and Innovation Centre.
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