Andover, a market town in Test Valley, Hampshire, located on the River Anton, has a rich history dating back to the Saxon times. Architecture from the 18th century is still preserved in most of the town's structures. Affordable housing, good educational infrastructure, community facilities and proximity to several business establishments and scenic, yet historic settings are but a few salient features of this town – which also is home to the army headquarters. Andover is accessible by trains and buses from Salisbury, Exeter, London Waterloo, Woking, Basingstoke, and provides access to the Midlands, Southampton and southern region of UK.
The Ministry of Defence has a major presence in this town, accounting for a large part of the employment opportunities here. Anton Trading Estate, Andover Business Park, Walworth Business Park, the Portway East and Portway West Business Parks are home to several businesses that contribute to the local economy. Andover is also a tourist destination in Test Valley.
Andover Job Opportunities
There are nearly 50,000 businesses within 30 minutes of travel from this town. The army HQ accounts for nearly 2000 jobs in Andover. Several established firms such as Stannah Stairlifts, Twinings, Thomson Reuters, Lloyds TSB, Simplyhealth, J.J.Carter, Abel and Cole have offices in Andover. The town is also witnessing a growth in logistics, distribution sectors, which is likely to create new operation and logistic jobs in Andover.
Andover Employment Trends
Andover boasts of low rates of unemployment, with claimant rates of just 2%. Interestingly, 78% of the resident active workforce of 27,000 is employed. Companies such as Petty Wood and Co Ltd., Verdo Renewables Ltd. have been quite impressed with the skilled talented local workforce available in Andover. They have reportedly recruited local talent for positions across different departments – ranging from admin and finance to IT and sales.
With the Test Valley Borough Council focused on offering the best of infrastructure and support to new and established businesses in Andover, and attracting fresh investments, employment prospects are likely to further improve.