Situated in the Ceredigion (Cardigan Bay) area, Aberystwyth is an administrative centre for the surrounding area of West Wales. Its university college was established in 1872 and there is also a theological college. The permanent local population is around 16,000 including Llanbadarn Fawr, a suburb situated east of the town centre. The student population increases the local headcount by a further 10,000 (September 2012 figures). The cost of living in Welsh towns is usually considerably lower than in large cities in the rest of Britain, although average rates of pay in Wales also reflect the lower living costs and quality of life.
Aberystwyth Job Opportunities
In addition to the National Library of Wales and the largest Arts Centre in Wales, one of the five UK copyright libraries is also based in the town. Current advertisements and opportunities in Aberystwyth and the surrounding area include wind turbine technician jobs and food manufacturing technicians. Within an easily commutable radius, other positions include assistant or management and executive jobs in fashion and telephone retailers, as well as maintenance and engineering supervisors. Some of these posts are based in Lampeter and Llanybydder, inland and to the south. Alternatively, to the north of Aberystwyth, jobs in Machynlleth and Tywyn include financial controller and care assistant positions.
Aberystwyth Employment Trends
Rachel's Organic is an innovative dairy that is based on the Glan yr Afon Industrial Estate on the A44 Llanbadarn Road. The largest private sector employer in the area, Rachel's employs approximately 130 staff. For public sector vacancies, the new Welsh Assembly offices aim to employ up to 1,000 staff. Additionally, the Cambrian News is the second largest weekly-print circulation newspaper in Wales, printed in tabloid format and available online. With its head office on Aberystwyth Science Park, it publishes six regional editorial versions with around 60,000 readers. Finally, the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences research centre is shared with Bangor University.