Burnley is a market town in the North Western county of Lancashire in England. Sitting 21 miles north of Manchester, the town has a population of around 73,500 people. During the Industrial Revolution Burnley was a key mill town, and at one time was one of the world's largest producers of cotton cloth. The economy has since diversified due to the decline in manufacturing industries in the area and now most of the area's employment resides in the service industries.
77.2% of all employment in Burnley is accounted for by the service industry. 25.3% of this is in distribution, hotels, and food services, but Public Administration, Health, and Education has a combined percentage share of 28.3% making it the most significant employer in the region. Manufacturing is still important to the town, however, with 18.7% of employment found in the sector, compared to 10.2% throughout Great Britain. Such manufacturing is now to be found in specialised areas, with Safran Aircelle providing employment in aerospace manufacturing, AMS Neve in professional audio, and Unison Engine Components, also in aerospace. Endsleigh Insurance also provides employment in the Finance and Insurance sector.
Using specialist recruitment agencies to find work or to seek out the right candidate is advised in Burnley as competition is steep and qualified applicants flood the market, making it difficult for prospective employees and employers alike to find either the right job, or the right person for the job.