The town of Horley is situated in the county of Surrey, and lies south of the towns of Redhill and Reigate, and north of Crawley and Gatwick Airport. It is very much a commuter town thanks to its close proximity to London.
The estimated population of the area is around 23,000, and 71% of the workforce are engaged in various forms of employment. Only a third of residents work in the town, with another third commuting to Gatwick and Crawley, and the rest travelling further afield to London, Redhill, and Reigate. Those who do work locally are mainly employed in the retail, services (including hotels, restaurants, and catering), financial services, and light engineering industries.
Principal employers in and around the area include Brambles Respite Care Centre, Continental Airlines, Scotia Gas Networks, Oakwood Secondary School, and Waitrose. The average yearly wage for a full-time member of staff is £25,505.
The Horley and District Chamber of Commerce works in conjunction with local traders and the Town Management to encourage local businesses to work together to help grow the economy, and generate new business through exhibitions and media advertising. Recruitment agencies believe that the areas flourishing tourism industry (many visitors stay here before travelling onwards to Gatwick Airport) has much to offer job-seekers.