Swindon lies halfway between Bristol and Reading, and sits in the county of Wiltshire in the south-west of England. Its population (now estimated to be 209,000) increased dramatically after the 1952 Town Development Act named it an Expanded Town, and is forecast to reach 250,000 by 2026. It is served by great transport links, with the M4 motorway passing directly by it, and its railway station is situated on the London Paddington to Bristol line.
The average earnings for a Swindon worker in full-time employment is 9.4% higher than the SW regional average, meaning that the town has one of the most competitive economies in England. Over the next few years, there is expected to be continued expansion in terms of housing and employment.
A large number of manufacturing businesses are located in the area, with 4 of the top 10 employers belonging to the manufacturing industry primarily in car production. Major employers include BMW Group, Honda UK, Catalent, and Tyco Electronics UK. Swindon's also home to a growing finance sector, with companies like Zurich Financial Services and Nationwide Building Society employing thousands of staff. Other employers of note include Castrol, Motorola, Pantheon, Cardinal Health, and WHSmiths Distribution.
Jobseekers can expect an average salary of £32,189, and many recruitment agencies are currently looking to fill positions in the area.