Hitchin is a market town that can trace its history back to medieval times.
One of the largest towns in the North Hertfordshire District, Hitchin has a population of just over 30,300 people. It has excellent rail links with London, standing as it does on the main line between Kings Cross and York and that has helped the town thrive.
Retail is a strong cornerstone of the local economy. However, according to the last available records, Hitchin does have above average unemployment with levels of 4%, compared to 3.1% in the North Hertfordshire district and 2.9% for Hertfordshire.
Two of the biggest employers in the town are Viking Johnson - a local manufacturing and company - and GE Electric, who offer pensions and a number of other financial products.
Recruitment agencies will also be seeking to place staff in retail positions, with a number of major businesses in this sector in the area. With the town's strong transport connections, both in terms of road and rail there may also be a number of opportunities for employment in this sector for those candidates with the right skills.
The hotel and restaurant industry are also an important part of the area's economy. The average weekly wage for the area is £520 per week, above the national average.