Sitting on the outskirts of London, St Albans is one of the most expensive areas to live in the UK. A former market town, it is now viewed as a key location for the offices of international corporations.
Recruitment agencies operating in St Albans will be familiar with some of its major businesses, such as consultancy firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte - businesses whose staff can enjoy a minimum starting salary of around £20,000. With the University of Hertfordshire just down the road in Hatfield, there is a large selection of enthusiastic graduates waiting to take their first steps onto some of the country's most prolific graduate schemes.
However, the town is just as much a centre for culture as it is for business, with two museums, St Albans Cathedral and numerous theatres, providing both entertainment for staff and giving recruitment agencies the chance to work across a range of industries in the area.
The figures for October 2011-September 2012 show the employment rate in St Albans to be a comfortable 6.2% above the figure for the rest of Great Britain, with a happy rate of 76.7% of the working population in employment.