Caerphilly is a town situated at the southern end of the Rhymney Valley in South Wales, approximately 7½ miles from the Welsh capital, Cardiff. The A468 Caerphilly Ring Road provides links to the A470 and A469 trunks roads and hence easy access to the M4 motorway, Cardiff city centre and the Gwent Valleys. In response to growing demand for trains in Caerphilly, the town now has three railway stations, all on the Rhymney Line between Bargoed and Cardiff.
According to the Land Registry, in the year to July 30, 2015, the overall average property price in Caerphilly was £163,108, an increase of 3% on the previous year. However, it is also worth noting that, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), gross weekly earnings in the town are £386, substantially less than the national average of £537.
Caerphilly Job Opportunities
Caerphilly originally developed as a market town, but prospered as a coal mining district during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, the closure of Penallta Colliery in 1991 signalled the end of deep mining in the area. Today, the town of Caerphilly has become an important retail, services and leisure centre.
Food and drink, together with shopping, provide most direct jobs in Caerphilly, but major employers in and around the town also include British Airways Interior Engineering (BAIE), Norgine Pharmaceuticals and Brace's Bakery. Typical work opportunities that occur are customer service jobs , sales jobs and jobs in many other sectors.
Caerphilly Employment Trends
According to the latest figures from the National Assembly for Wales, 2.7% of the working population of Caerphilly claim Job Seekers' Allowance, compared with a national average of 2.2%. Caerphilly County Borough Council became the first local authority to offer a 'living wage' in 2012 and, with the outdoor attractions of the Brecon Beacons on the doorstep, tourism will remain an important part of the local economy for years to come.