Dunstable is a market town located south of Central Bedfordshire, with a population of 36,250 (2011 census.) The town has been a thriving market since ancient times owing to its location on the historic road between London and Chester. The city lies on the eastward tail spurs of the Chiltern Hills, and is connected by the A5 trunk road, M1 motorway, and A505 road, The Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Downs, and Ashridge Forest are the major attractions. The city had scores of independent shops and boutiques, but of late most of the retail business has shifted to complexes such as White Lion Retail Park.
The cost of living in Dunstable is relatively low compared to London or other places in the Bedfordshire region. Eating out costs £10 on average, and a BigMac costs £2.49. A three-bedroom house costs between £1400 to £3000 to rent, or £1980 to £2335 per square metre to buy, depending on the location.
Dunstable Job Opportunities
There are several job opportunities in Dunstable, and more than 1000 jobs are listed at any given time. Most of the vacancies are in the retail and support service businesses. The evergreen positions on offer include jobs such as accounts assistants, drivers, sales representatives, IT support analyst jobs, customer service roles and more. Jobs are available mostly at entry level and mid-career level, compared to managerial or high-end technical jobs. Some of the employers in Dunstable are Sainsbury, e.on, ASFA, Bupa, Costa, Iceland Foods, OCS Group, and others.
Dunstable Employment Trends
Dunstable's unemployment rate is around 3.6%, which matches the overall rate of England. 10.1% of Dunstable's population claim out-of-work benefits, whereas the corresponding average for all England is 11.4%. The Office for National Statistics, 2011 reveals that the main industries for employment at Dunstable are wholesale and retail, education, and manufacturing. Hourly wages vary between £6.5 and £9 depending on the job.