Sevenoaks is a principal commuter town in the county of Kent, which lies close to the Greater London border. The area has a highly skilled workforce, although a large proportion commutes to their places of work. Like many towns in Kent, it enjoys high levels of economic activity, which are mainly boosted by the finance and business services industries.
Full-time members of staff are paid an average weekly wage of £582.00, which is significantly higher than the county average of £538.80, as well as the UK average of £508.00.
The towns current population stands at around 26,699, of whom 33% are educated to NVQ Level 4 and above. The main employment industries are real estate (20%), wholesale and trade (14%), finance (13%), education (9%), manufacturing (9%), and health/social work (8%). Only 2% of the economically-active population are unemployed.
Recruitment agencies report that the main employers in the area are: Invicta Community Care NHS Trust, Sevenoaks Borough Council, Tesco, Sevenoaks Hospital, Berkeley Homes, Cofely Ltd, Independent Catering Management, Sainsburys, ICM Computing, DSTL, and Warners Solicitors.
The town is considered to be an excellent place to live, with unemployment rates amongst the lowest in Kent, as well as particularly low crime rates.