Brentwood is a city in South East England with a population of over 77,000. Notable for being a well-off suburban town, the centre is expanding with retailers to accommodate an equally growing residential population. Over 50% of Brentwood's Chamber of Commerce's members are retailers of services and goods and top employers in the area include some large high street chains, indicating that this is a growing sector.
Professional and technical industries employ nearly 48% of the workforce of Brentwood, which is significantly more than the national average. Brentwood Council employs 300 people in this field. Brentwood Community Hospital is a strong local jobs provider. Other employers falling into this category are financial service providers like Swift Group Bank, reflecting on the area's affluence. With over 6,900 people employed in the leisure and sales and customer service industries, businesses like Orbit Housing Association operate from Warley Hill Business Park. Ford Motor Vehicles UK headquarters reside in Warley, and Amstrad's head office is also located in Brentwood, between them employing thousands of staff. 11% of Brentwood's employed work in the skilled trade professions.
Brentwood has a history of manufacturing, with the head office for Thermos previously based here, but has evolved to a workforce employed in more office-based roles. Recruitment agencies list roles in these fields, with many based in the town centre, where financial giants Equity Insurance Group and Brents Insurance exist. The unemployment rate in Brentwood was 4.9% in 2012, and the weekly median income was £661.40. 27% of the population have NVQ4 and above.