Ingatestone is a small town that lies in the south of the county of Essex. This affluent commuter town is situated within a green belt area, and is conveniently placed close to the U.K.s capital (just 20 miles from London). As a fairly rural area with good transport links, its population of just over 4,500 is made up of a mix of both skilled and unskilled workers, and younger and older people. Many job-seekers come here looking for employment as commercial and agricultural workers.
23% of the population possess NVQ Level 4/5 or equivalent qualifications, and the average wage of a full-time employee is around £25,000. A high percentage of the workforce (86%) are white-collar workers, with the remaining 14% being blue-collar workers. The highest number of staff are employed in the real estate industry (18%), with a further 16% working in financial intermediation, 15% in wholesale and retail trades, 10% in manufacturing, 9% in health and social work, and 8% in education.
People are mainly employed by local shops and companies in and around the towns High Street, which includes a mix of offices, shops, pubs, and restaurants.
The unemployment rate is around 4.5%, which is below both the average for the East of England (6.9%) and the UK (7.9%). Ingatestone enjoys a healthy economy, and recruitment agencies consider it to be one of the best locations to work in Essex.