In the past, Basildon had a poor reputation. People complained about its inadequate infrastructure, the dull town centre, and the rundown buildings. However, recent years have seen great improvements in this town of nearly 175,000 residents. New businesses have moved in and new homes are popping up all over the place. Indeed, Basildon is in the midst of a wonderful transformation.
If you are looking to move to Basildon, you are making a smart move. In fact, in January 2015, Basildon earned the title of "most affordable commuter hotspot" for people who work in London. Basildon's cheap home prices — which average less than £180,000 — and the affordable train fare make it convenient and attractive.
Of course, the fact that it is easy to leave Basildon for somewhere else doesn't mean that the town doesn't have its charms. Enjoy Essex's natural beauty at Wat Tyler Country Park or Noak Bridge Nature Reserve.
Basildon Job Opportunities
It takes less than an hour to get to London from Basildon, so commuting is always an option for people who cannot find jobs in Basildon. However, Basildon does have some employment opportunities. The Argos distribution centre has more than 400 permanent employees, and there may be available jobs in Basildon at Asda in the Eastgate Shopping Centre. The Ford Dunton Technical Centre, the largest automotive design facility in the United Kingdom, is also in the Basildon area.
Professionals with IT, accounting, marketing, or sales skills may find good opportunities in Basildon.
Basildon Employment Trends
The state of unemployment in Basildon is neither good nor bad; it is roughly on par with the national average. As of late 2014, unemployment was around seven percent. The overall rate of unemployment in Essex County was slightly lower, coming in at just over six percent.