The town of Bridgend lies in the south of Wales, and is mid-way between Swansea and Cardiff. It was originally part of the county of Glamorgan, and currently accommodates more than 40,000 residents. In recent years, the town has benefited from a sizeable redevelopment project, giving it a brand-new business park and pedestrianised town centre.
Coal-mining commenced in the 17th century, helping to bring railways to the area, which made it rapidly become one of one of the most active market towns in the region. These days, the majority of employment is provided by the retail sector, and wages are reportedly higher in Bridgend than in other parts of South Wales. There are a number of small-scale and multinational manufacturing companies based at the towns two largest industrial estates.
More regeneration is expected to bring businesses, tourists and jobseekers to the town over coming years, with the construction of new housing estates, and an overhaul of the riverside area.
Major employers in and around the town include Ford, Logica, Lidl, Winmau, Biomet, Staedtler, Skanska, TES Aviation, Dekor Plc, Biotrace, Zoobiotic, and Photronics Inc. The average annual salary for full-time staff is just over £25,000.
If you are interest in job opportunities in the area, you will find many retail, transport, and manufacturing vacancies listed with UK recruitment agencies.