The town of Leiston, Suffolk is situated 90 miles north-east of London, 2 miles west of the North Sea coast, and is near the towns of Aldeburgh and Saxmundham. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it developed a status as a key manufacturing town in the area, and its RAF airbase was used by WW2 pilots.
After the main agricultural machinery employer (Richard Garrett & Sons) closed its factory in 1981, the economy's reliance shifted to nuclear power, with two stations (one now closed) operating at Sizewell just two miles down the road.
The estimated population is 6,240, with only 9% of this figure holding an NVQ Level 4 and above. However, 40% of residents are educated to NVQ Level 2 or 3. Today, the key industries for employment in the town are: wholesale/retail (19%), health and social work (11%), construction (10%), hotels and catering (9%), real estate (7%), and electricity/gas/water supply (7%). 19% of the workforce are employment in skilled trades, and a further 19% in elementary occupations.
Many staff are employed by small business like Leiston Children's Centre, Newton Commercial (classic car interior manufacturers), Barnes Rosher Office Supplies Ltd, EDF Energy, and Baker Bros.
According to recruitment agencies, the average annual salary is £25k, and there are a higher number of local job vacancies available in the town compared to the Suffolk average.