The town of Bilston in the West Midlands is found in the south east of the City of Wolverhampton. With a rich industrial history, Bilston is perhaps best known for its former role as a key steel producing town, a position that saw it transformed from a quiet rural settlement into an important industrial hub.
Industrial employment opportunities in Bilston were reduced substantially when the Bilston Steel Works were closed in 1979. Industrial decline has had a noticeable impact, but in recent years a number of service sector industries have set up in and around Bilston. This has led to the on-going creation of a range of vacancies in the area, many of which are facilitated by local recruitment agencies.
The Black Country Route has greatly improved road links to nearby Dudley and Walsall, to the benefit of local firms and those who wish to seek work further away from Bilston. The Midland Metro tram line has also greatly improved economic ties with Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
While the current 9.5% unemployment rate demonstrates economic difficulties in the area (Wolverhampton SE), the local economy continues to switch from manufacturing to service companies. That stated, numerous important and successful manufacturers remain, drawing on the high number of skilled workers in the area " such as GKN in nearby Redditch.