Cannock is one of the most populated towns in the county of Staffordshire, which lies in the West Midlands. In the 19th century, the coal mining industry turned the town from a small, rural community into a thriving area with a rapidly-growing population. The towns last colliery closed in 1967, and there is no longer any heavy industry present. These days, many commuters who work in the nearby towns and cities of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, and Lichfield choose to live here.
Cannock has a population of just over 29,000, 43% of whom possess NVQ Level 2 or above qualifications. 72% of residents in current employment work in the service industry (including wholesale, retail, and vehicle repair), while 11% work in construction, and 14% in manufacturing. The average annual wage is £19,946.
The majority of Cannock's big employers operate with the manufacturing sector. However, the area continues to enjoy significant growth within the service industry. Major employers include Atos Origin, Cannock Chase Community Hospital, Asda, TNT, Sainsburys, Morrison's, Tesco, Motorhouse 2000, The Black and White Group, ThyssenKrupp Automotive, Hunter Douglas, Parker Hannifin, Finning (UK)and Ceridian Centrefile, all of whom are known to list staff vacancies with local and national recruitment agencies.