Brecon is a small market town in the county of Powys, Wales, with a population of 8,250, according to the 2011 Census. The town lies north of the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range that forms the central section of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Brecon is well connected by road to the A40 trunk road and the M4 and M50 motorways, and easily accessible by bus or coach from Cardiff, Abergavenny or Hereford. Brecon, itself, has no railway station, but hourly direct services to Abergavenny, some 20 miles away by road, run on the Cardiff-Manchester line. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Brecon is 28 percent lower than in the Brecon Beacons as a whole, and 21 percent lower than in Cardiff.
Brecon Job Opportunities
Given its rural location in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it is no surprise that many of the jobs in Brecon revolve around tourism and agriculture. In January 2016, Career Wales’ Spotlight on Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure indicated that almost 40,000 people are forecast to be needed over the next five years for vacancies in the tourism sector in Wales. Jobs in Brecon include chefs, publican and hotel managers, as well as a range of healthcare jobs, IT jobs and finance jobs.
Brecon Employment Trends
The constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire, which includes the towns of Brecon, Builth Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells, is the largest seat in Wales geographically, and the area with the highest level of employment in Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics. In January 2016, the unemployment rate was just 1.3 percent of the working population. In September 2015, Brecon Beacons Tourism announced a new funding programme, worth £5.1 million, which is likely to increase the number of jobs Brecon can offer considerably, and which is available to local businesses until 2020, for the purposes of feasibility studies, research, staffing and training.