Hockley is a large commuter village in the county of Essex, England, and is located close to Southend-on-Sea, Chelmsford, Rochford, and Rayleigh. The estimated population is around 14,000, and a large percentage of the workforce commute to London.
One of the major employers in the area is the headquarters of MGA Entertainment (children's toy manufacturers). Additionally,a number of small businesses located at The Foundry Business Park, such as Central Motors, FoundryTyres, Greenfinch Engineering, Oakhurst Physiotherapy, Grange Construction, KMB Auto Services,BarleymowUpholstery, and CRT Air Conditioning Services, recruit many local staff.
Around 15% of Hockley's population possess NVQ Level 4/5 qualifications, which is lower than the UK average of 19.9%. As a result, Essex County Council is currently implementing plans to develop more local high-value jobs, and encourage both employers and residents to invest more time and money in skills in order to improve the local economy.
The current unemployment rate is 1.2% which is significantly lower than the UK average. This is mainly due to good transport links, and Hockley's proximity to London. Recruitment agencies believe that Hockley offers a good base for local employment opportunities, particularly for those who are prepared to commute to nearby towns and cities.