Telford in Shropshire is the county's most populous conurbation with a population of about 170,000. Having been established and built in the 1960s as part of the post-War wave of New Towns, the town suffered from high rates of unemployment throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. Towards the end of the 1970s, however, the town attracted business from abroad, and particularly from the USA with the establishment of various industrial parks. It is these industrial parks which caused an increase in employment in the following decades and which continue to provide the town with a significant number of jobs.
The Public Administration, Education and Health sector provide 26% of employment in the area with NHS Trusts, the Local Council and area schools all providing jobs. There are also several IT Service companies located in the area, however, providing jobs at Fujitsu and Capgemini for example. The manufacturing industry accounts for 21% of employment, with the Nikon and Ricoh factories both providing a significant proportion of this employment. Retail and Hospitality provides 21% of all employment in the area, with most such jobs concentrated in the city centre area of Telford.
Searching for jobs in a particular area can prove difficult, which is why increasingly more prospective employees turn to specialist recruitment agencies to aid their search. Employees can also benefit from utilising such services by focusing their search for the right candidate.