The town of Dudley is located is the West Midlands, between the major population centres of Birmingham, to the south-east, and Wolverhampton, to the north-west. The town is easily accessible by road via the M5, M6 and M42 motorways and connecting trains run to local stations in Dudley Port, Lye and Stourbridge from Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton. Dudley, as a whole, is prosperous compared to the rest of the West Midlands, although one or two areas close to the town centre remain impoverished.
Dudley Job Opportunities
Jobs in Dudley are dominated by the public services, retail and distribution sectors, such that sales jobs and operations and logistics jobs are among the most plentiful. The manufacturing sector remains important, but has been in significant decline in recent years; the iron and steel, glass making and food production industries disappeared in the 1980s, to be replaced with a modern retail presence.
Public sector organisations, including the NHS Trust, Primary Care Trust and the Child Support Agency, also account for a significant proportion of the working population in and around Dudley. Jobs in financial services, information technology and other knowledge intensive industries are less plentiful in Dudley than in the rest of the country.
Dudley Employment Trends
According to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, in May 2015 the proportion of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Dudley was 2.6%, 0.7% higher than the national average of 1.9%.
Brierley Hill, approximately 4 miles south-west Dudley town centre, is home to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, one of the largest centres of its kind in the country and a major employer in the region. In terms of inward investment, recent developments include the construction of the A461 Venture Way bypass, at a cost of £27 million, and a state-of-the-art health and social care centre, at a cost of £26 million.