Gloucester is a city and county town of Gloucestershire in the South West of England.
Economically, Gloucester is dominated by the service industries, which employ just over 85% of the working population. The city also boasts a strong financial and business sector, playing host to the headquarters of the bank of Cheltenham & Gloucester, Ecclesiastical Insurance and the Allchurches Trust. Gloucester Business Park, which is located on the outskirts of the city, is home to a range of big brands, including Detica and Fortis.
Gloucester has a long and prominent history in the aerospace industry and remains home to the Messier-Dowty landing gear plant and the plants of Smiths Aerospace and Dowty Propeller. It is therefore unsurprising that recruitment agencies in the city advertise a wide range of process plant and machine operative worker employment openings.
The unemployment rate in Gloucester is 7.6%, which is higher than the average for the South West but less than that of Great Britain as a whole. The percentage of staff in full-time employment in Gloucester is 62%, which is less than that of the rest of the region. However, full-time employees in this city earn an average of £502 a week, which is higher than the average for the region.