Abergavenny is a small, but vibrant, market town in Monmouthshire, Wales, close to the English border. Despite its rural location, Abergavenny is just 19 miles, or 25 minutes’ drive, from Newport via the A449 and A40 trunk roads. The town is well served by frequent bus and train services to Newport, Cardiff and further afield. According to Rightmove, in 2015 the overall average price of property in Abergavenny was about 4.5% higher than the average for England and Wales, although property prices were down 3% on the previous year.
Abergavenny Job Opportunities
Abergavenny has a population of just over 10,000, according to the 2011 census, and no major industry. Nevertheless, the town holds separate monthly markets for antiques, crafts and local farming produce and is well-known for the variety of its independent retail outlets. Annual festivals, such as the Abergavenny Food Festival and the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, attract tourists to support the local economy. Jobs in Abergavenny are by no means limited to the retail and tourism sectors, however, with engineering jobs, healthcare jobs and sales jobs in good supply. The award-winning Aneurin Bevan University Health Board continues to be a major employer in Abergavenny, offering vacancies not just for doctors and nurses, but also catering staff, porters and scientists.
Abergavenny Employment Trends
According to the Office of National Statistics, in March 2016 the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Monmouthshire fell by 100 compared to the same time in 2015. In Wales as a whole, the claimant count fell to its lowest level since 1975, with 450,000 more people in work than at the same time the previous year. Jobs in Abergavenny compare favourably with the averages for Monmouthshire and Wales, although youth unemployment is a cause for concern. Monmouthshire County Council is committed to attracting visitors to Abergavenny all year round, not just to annual festivals, and to creating a local economy in which independent enterprises, including retailers, can flourish.