High Wycombe is the second largest town in Buckinghamshire, with its population in excess of almost 175,000. This is an urban town located conveniently close to London but paradoxically, there are surrounding areas that offer picturesque views of the countryside. In terms of size, High Wycombe is the largest town, in terms of area, in the country and it has a number of recruitment agencies strategically placed near to the M40, which also helps provide staff in the area with handy commuting links.
All but a few of the employment agencies can be found in the centre of High Wycombe. Despite this, there are a few other recruiters dotted further afield, but also serving the Chiltern area and accompanying districts along with the rest of Wycombe. Although most of the recruitment agencies hire staff for a combination of different sectors, there are some that are industry-specific. Positions are available on a permanent, contract and temporary basis.
The rate of employment in High Wycombe is at an impressive 78.1%, with almost 90,000 out of 96,000 economically active people registered as employed (according to official labour market statistics) Recruited candidates can look forward to a higher than average salary. In full-time employment, the average mean salary works out at more than £30,000, and for part-time work, that figure is almost £8,000.
At more than 17%, Wholesale & Retail trade, and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles comprise the largest proportion of the High Wycombe workforce. The number of staff employed in these roles is 1.3% greater than the national average. Professional, Scientific & Technical roles account for 9% of the area's working population, with vacancies including Lab Technician and Chemist available. Information and Communication roles are also popular.
It is no surprise that Retail has a high density of employment in High Wycombe given the area is home to Eden - one of the country's largest shopping centres. Boasting in excess of 100 shops, employers looking to recruit include House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer and Boots. This will be in a variety of roles ranging from Sales Assistant to HR Manager vacancies. Therefore, there are plenty of employment opportunities available in the area.