Didcot is a town in the county of Oxfordshire in the South East of England, 53 miles west of London and 10 miles south of the county town, Oxford. The town is easily accessible by road via the M4 motorway and the A34 trunk road and daily bus services run from Oxford, Abingdon and Wallingford. Didcot Parkway railway station lies on the Great Western Railway, roughly halfway between London Paddington and Bristol. According to The Telegraph, house prices in Didcot increased by more than any other market town in England, except Beaconsfield in South Buckinghamshire, in the ten-year period between 2005 and 2015. According to Rightmove, the overall average property price in Didcot is approximately 30% higher than the national average for England and Wales, as reported by the Land Registry.
Didcot Job Opportunities
One of the major employers in Didcot is the National Power Station, which was in the news in February 2016, when a boiler house due for demolition at the end of the year collapsed, burying three men under 17,000 tonnes of debris. Didcot is also part of the so-called Science Vale, one of the most successful areas for science, technology and innovation in the country. Jobs in Didcot include manufacturing jobs, engineering jobs and IT jobs with large, prestigious employers, as well as opportunities in education, publishing and research and development.
Didcot Employment Trends
Historically, quite a high proportion of employees in and around Didcot worked in healthcare occupations, including social work. The local labour market for this type of work is still buoyant – Newcross Healthcare Solutions, for example, is offering a £500 ‘Golden Welcome’ to experienced, registered nurses in Didcot – but the face of the town is changing. Over 9,000 new homes are proposed by 2029, together with a retail and leisure development in the town centre, which will create over 1,000 new jobs in Didcot. Unemployment in the region has fallen by 81% since the end of the Great Recession.