Kingston upon Thames is a town as well as a borough in south-west London. This charming market town dates back to the Saxon era, and it lies just on the border of Surrey, where the county council have their administrative headquarters.
In the 1900s, it was a key aircraft manufacturing centre, although the British Aerospace factory closed down in 1992, making way for new housing. Nowadays, the area is popular with restaurants and pubs, and it enjoys the fifth-largest retail expenditure in Greater London, and regularly features in the Top 10 Shopping Destinations for UK shoppers.
Kingston upon Thames benefits from a growing tourism industry, and the local university and college are attended by 20,000 students. The total population of the borough is estimated to be 147,273, and the unemployment rate is low compared to the outer London average (2.5% versus 3.8%).
Much of the areas employment lies in the Information Communication Technology, business services, finance, higher education, research and development, publishing, and media sectors, although forecasts project that tourism, hospitality, and leisure sectors will enjoy strong growth in coming years.
Surrey County Council is just one of the towns major employers who regularly lists staff vacancies with recruitment agencies.