The town of Banstead in Surrey lies on the North Downs, on the border of Greater London in south-east England. Nearby towns include Sutton (3 miles), London (13 miles), Croydon (5 miles), Kingston-upon-Thames (8.5 miles), Epsom, Leatherhead, and Reigate. The urban district is home to around 46,280 inhabitants, whilst the town itself has a population of nearer 9,000.
Until the 19th century, Banstead was a small village until the railways and new roads helped it to grow. Retail is one of the town's main employment sectors, and high street stores, restaurants, and cafes like Boots, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Zizzi, Costa Coffee, Prezzo, and Pizza Express employ a number of local staff. The public sector also provides a small number of jobs at the NHS, local schools, and local authority offices; however, many residents choose to commute to nearby towns and cities for employment.
The average weekly wage is around £651.10, and a high proportion of residents (almost 40%) possess an NVQ Level 4 equivalent or above. Almost 2% of the population claim out-of-work benefits.
The local area benefits from a relatively buoyant economy and, thanks to the town's close proximity to the M23, M25, and Gatwick Airport, recruitment agencies believe that Banstead is a good source of employment opportunities.