The small market town of Romsey is located in the south-east of the county of Hampshire in England. It is eleven miles south-west of Winchester, and eight miles north-west of Southampton.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, its predominant industries were wool, paper-making, brewing, lifeboat production, and sack-making. These industries have since been replaced by the likes of small-scale manufacturing and service, much of which is carried out by companies based in Romsey's three industrial/trading estates. Around 15,000 live in the local area, many of whom are employed by the towns three main science and technology employers: IBM, Southampton Science Park, and Roke Manor Research. 33% of the population work in distribution, 21% in banking, 16% in administration, 10% in engineering, and 7% in construction.
The unemployment rate of 1.5% (as of end-2012) is low for the UK average, and 30.5% of Romsey residents possess NVQ Level 4 and above qualifications.
Although the towns economy is reasonably healthy, some workers choose to commute out of town, to locations like Winchester, Southampton, and London. The average gross weekly pay is £505.2, which is slightly lower than the Test Valley Borough average of £543.30.
If you are looking for work in or around the area, recruitment agencies are known to regularly advertise both full-time and part-time staff positions.