The county of Herefordshire is located in the west of England, and it is bordered by Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales. Some recruitment agencies regard the county as the westernmost part of the West Midlands.
This largely rural part of England is not usually associated with heavy industry and logistics. Indeed, the local economy has undergone a transformation in recent years; moving away from manufacturing and agriculture and concentrating on the services sector. The result has been a gradual decline in the number of driving jobs available in the county - particularly for HGV and light goods drivers.
The city of Hereford has a relatively large public transport system, so drivers with a Passenger Carrying Vehicle(PCV) can find staff jobs with local bus operators. The rural nature of the county means that driving jobs in the construction and courier industries are also limited when compared with the rest of the country.
The biggest employers in Herefordshire are local government and the NHS, and local recruitment agencies will often have a selection of ambulance and community-based driving jobs available within these public organisations. Cider producer Bulmers and Cargill Meats are two of the major private sector employers in the county, and they both employ HGV and delivery drivers on a fairly regular basis.