Shrewsbury is a charming and ancient market town in the West Midlands. Sitting on the banks of the River Severn, it is also the county town of Shropshire. The town has a well preserved and beautifully historic centre that includes over 600 listed buildings, many of which are excellent examples of the 15th and 16th century tradition of timber framing. As a market town, Shrewsbury's economy would have historically been based on agriculture, but now four in five jobs in the area are based in the service industry.
With a service based economy, much of the employment in Shrewsbury comes from the Distribution, Hotel, and Food sector as well as from Public Administration, Health, and Education which accounts for 37.8% of all employment. This can in part be accounted for by the county council which is based in the town and employs a large staff in the area. So too do many of the local schools, which includes some prestigious independent schools, as well as the local area state and comprehensives. With the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the NHS is also a significant employer in the area.
As with other parts of the country, competition for employment is stiff but it is made easier with the help of specialist recruitment agencies that will advertise any staff openings or job opportunities for many of the town's major employers.