Solihull is widely considered by recruitment agencies to be one of the most prosperous towns in the West Midlands of England.
Business, finance and IT professionals are in demand in the town and make up 26.1% of the town's workforce. This is thanks to the presence of Birmingham Business Park. The mortgage and personal loan company Paragon is one of the town's largest employers of financial experts.
Solihull is home to a range of shopping facilities, including an open-air shopping centre, a pedestrianised high street and the Touchwood shopping centre, with around 7.7% of the town's workforce being employed in sales and customer service occupations.
The main production plants of a range of major companies, including the car manufacturer Land Rover, are located in Solihull. However, manufacturing employment openings make up only 9.5% of the total jobs in the town.
Solihull's residents are relatively well educated, with 55% possessing qualifications at NVQ Level 3 or above and 36% possessing qualifications at NVQ Level 4 or above. The unemployment rate for the town is 6.8%, which is almost 2% lower than that of the rest of the West Midlands and 1% lower than that of Great Britain as a whole.
Full-time staff in Solihull earn an average salary of £566.20 per week, which is significantly higher than the average weekly salary for workers in the rest of the West Midlands and Great Britain as a whole.