Buxton Overview The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is the gateway to the Peak District National Park. It is also ...
The spa town of Buxton in Derbyshire is the gateway to the Peak District National Park. It is also the highest market town in England - to the east over the Pennine Mountains are Chesterfield and Yorkshire, and westwards are the adjoining counties of Staffordshire and Cheshire. Buxton's relatively central location, limestone caverns and geothermal spring have helped it thrive and develop as a focus of tourist interest, with a number of tourism and management posts on offer. The area enjoys a positive employment outlook.
Buxton Job Opportunities
The town has a mixed economy including tourism and retail, along with scientific research, light industry and quarrying. The main employer in Buxton is the University of Derby, which has its Devonshire Campus in the town. A number of other teaching, educational support and administration jobs are also available in several primary and secondary schools within the area.
The Buxton Mineral Water Company (now owned by Nestlé) is another significant employer, bottling and selling the town's spa waters that are said to have therapeutic properties. Tunstead quarry employs around four hundred workers with a considerable number of associated distribution jobs, exporting high-grade industrial limestone to Europe, which therefore also sees a number of operations and logistic jobs in Buxton. Additionally, approximately 350 staff are employed in the Health and Safety Executive's state-of-the-art, purpose-built laboratory on a nearby 550-acre site, so healthcare jobs in Buxton are also not rare. Finally, there is also a local newspaper, 'The Buxton Advertiser' providing employment to those in journalism.
Buxton Employment Trends
The Peak District National Park is host to a regular programme of community events, generating tourism interest and attracting business to the area, thus enhancing seasonal and year round employment prospects. The Buxton opera house is also home to several theatre and music festivals each year, also acting as a visitor and cultural magnet. More directly, the hotel and hospitality employment sector benefits from Buxton's position as the main centre for overnight accommodation in the Peaks, with almost two thirds of visitor bed availability.