Melksham is a market town with a population of just over 28,000 according to the 2011 Census. The town is situated on the banks of the River Avon, in the county of Wiltshire in South West England. Less than 10 miles east of the nearest city, Bath, Melksham is readily accessible by road via the M4 motorway and the A350 primary route. Regular bus and train services connect Melksham with Corsham, Chippenham and Swindon, to the north, Trowbridge and Westbury, to the south, and Bath, to the west. According to Rightmove, the average overall property price in Melksham is £191,424, approximately 25 percent lower than the average for Wiltshire, as a whole.
Melksham Job Opportunities
Melksham plays host to many businesses operating in various economic sectors, but jobs in Melksham are dominated by the manufacturing sector. The town centre provides a range of local services, convenience shopping and a plethora of customer service jobs. The site known as the ‘Railway Area’ is an established industrial area, accommodating a wide variety of employment, and it’s just outside the town centre. Bowerhill Industrial Estate and Challeymead Business Park offer many jobs in Melksham. Also, Cooper Avon Tyres, a major employer, as far as manufacturing jobs are concerned, has its corporate headquarters on the Hampton Park West development, less than two miles south of the town centre.
Melksham Employment Trends
According to the Joint Strategic Assessment for the Melksham Community Area 2013-2015, the number of people employed in the manufacturing industry, in and around the town, is more than double the local and national average. The number of people with Melksham jobs in the retail sector is also above average, due largely to a number of local supermarkets, including Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. According to a report presented to Wiltshire Council in December 2015, only 0.7 percent of the working age population was unemployed. Nevertheless, Melksham has been identified as a location for strategic employment growth.