Hounslow is a town in the London Borough of Hounslow, which is part of Outer London.
The services sector employs 92% of Hounslow's workforce, with companies involved in manufacturing, construction and tourism employing the remainder of the workforce. Within the services sector, the majority of jobs advertised by recruitment agencies are found in finance, IT, leisure and distribution. While the town itself lacks large employers, the Borough in which it is located is home to the headquarters of the pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline and the studio complexes of British Sky Broadcasting, both of which are located in Brentford's Golden Mile. Hatton Cross and Feltham, meanwhile, are home to the UK head offices of Air France-KLM and Menzies Aviation respectively, both of which provide tourism-related employment openings.
Fewer than 10% of Hounslow's working population are employed in managerial roles while 36% are engaged in professional or associate professional occupations. Administrative and secretarial staff account for 11% of Hounslow's workforce, with skilled tradesmen and women making up a similar share. Over 60% of residents aged between 16 and 64 years have a qualification at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, while 48% have a qualification at NVQ Level 4 or equivalent. Around 8% have no qualifications whatsoever.
Full-time workers in Hounslow earn an average weekly salary of £564, which is less than the average in London but greater than the average for Great Britain as a whole. Unemployment rates in Hounslow currently stand at 7.4%, which is lower the national average.