Hamilton is a town in South Lanarkshire, which is located in the Lowlands of Scotland, and lies 19km from Glasgow and 35km from Edinburgh. Around 50,000 inhabitants live there, the majority of who are employed by the service, electronics and finance industries, as well as local government. It is also the home of the University of the West of Scotland's main campus, which has (on average) 18,000 students and 1,300 staff.
South Lanarkshire Council's headquarters are in Hamilton, which employs approximately 16,000 staff. Other major employers in the area include HSBC/First Direct, and Philips (electronics).
Over the last decade, the town has benefited from a regeneration project, which created the Palace Grounds Retail Park and two new indoor shopping centres (New Cross and Regent).
The employment rate for October 2011 to September 2012 stands at 73% for Hamilton and the surrounding areas of Larkhall and Stonehouse.
As a relatively small town, Hamilton is somewhat reliant on tourism. Luckily, thanks to a number of exciting historic sites and a popular racecourse, it can easily compete with the attractions of its larger Scottish neighbours.
Recruitment agencies regularly advertise local jobs, mainly in the following areas: customer service, telesales, construction, civil engineering, and mechanics.