Redditch is a town in the English county of Worcestershire about 15 miles south of the city of Birmingham. Designated a New Town in the 1960s, Redditch was once the capital of needle manufacturing, and at one point was responsible for the manufacture of 90% of the world's needles.
The manufacturing industries still account for 25.1% of employment in the town, which is an increase on the national average for UK which currently stands at just 10.2%. Other than manufacturing, service industries are the main form of employment in Redditch, with services overall accounting for 71.3% of employment. Comprising this, 25.4% is made up of Distribution, Hotels, and Food services, 14.9% in Finance and IT and 22.5% in Public Administration, Health and Education services. The latter rate of employment is significantly lower than the national average which stands at 27%.
Unemployment in the town stands at only 5.9% which is significantly lower than both the West Midlands and the UK overall which are 8.6% and 7.9% respectively. This may in part be accounted for by the concentration of manufacturing jobs in the local area. As with anywhere else in the country it is advisable to utilise the specialist knowledge of recruitment agencies based in the area in order to either find suitable job openings if you are a candidate, or to search for the best staff if you are an employer.