Devizes is a market town in the northern part of the county of Wiltshire, in South West England, roughly equidistant from Chippenham and the county town, Trowbridge. Devizes is approximately two hours’ drive from London, via the M4, A346, A4 and A361 and approximately an hour’s drive from Bristol, via the M4, A3102 and A342. Regular coach services run from both major cities. The town has no railway station, but the nearest one, Chippenham, lies on the Great Western Main Line. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Devizes is approximately 10% lower than in a typical English market town.
Devizes Job Opportunities
Devizes has one of the largest market places in the West of England and a wide range of retail outlets, including a high proportion of independently owned shops. As such, the town is an increasing popular shopping destination, but jobs in Devizes are available in many economic sectors, including administration, construction, health and manufacturing. In the manufacturing sector, some of the major employers in Devizes include family-run brewery Wadworth, bespoke cabinet maker Smallbone and diagnostics specialist Omitec. Jobs in Devizes also include engineering jobs, finance jobs and IT jobs, in a diverse local labour market.
Devizes Employment Trends
According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate in Devizes and the surrounding area is one of the lowest in the whole of the United Kingdom. In the final quarter of 2015, the unemployment rate stood at 3.8%, down from 4.0%. It is worth noting that jobs in Devizes are also influenced by the military garrisons in the rural areas to the south of the town. The local economy supports defence consultants, contractors and suppliers, as well as civilian staff for the Ministry of Defence and, with the Regular Army Basing Plan requiring an extra 4,000 military personnel by 2020, is likely to support even more in the future.