Orpington is a town in Kent, to the southeast of London. It forms part of the Greater London Borough of Bromley, and is in Transport for London's fare zone 6. The High Street shops, shopping centre, and leisure centre draw visitors from the surrounding area. Orpington sits between the A21 and A20, close to the M25 and M20 motorways, making destinations in Kent and London easily accessible. There are rail links to central London stations, including Waterloo East, Victoria and Charing Cross, as well as to Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The area is popular with couples and young families seeking more space. Reputable local grammar schools with links to Oxbridge, a town-wide redevelopment plan, refurbished amenities, as well as a good bus system make Orpington a desirable place to raise children. A new residential apartment complex being built next to the Walnuts Shopping Centre is set to offer affordable real-estate with a prime location.
Orpington Job Opportunities
Compared with the national average, unemployment is low, and there are more people working in upper management roles, with administration jobs and professional jobs in Orpington more than the national median. The town centre shops and restaurants, as well as the leisure centre, provide countless part-time and full-time jobs in Orpington. The leisure sector is also represented by golf courses. Some seasonal jobs are offered at the local farms. Several businesses are also based in the town, either on the high street, at the Walnuts Shopping Centre, at the Premier Inn, at the Odeon cinema, or within Nugent Retail Park, offering IT jobs and sales jobs, among others. Biggin Hill airport offers aircraft maintenance jobs which Orpington residents are particularly well placed to apply to, as they require the work to be completed regularly on the airport premises. Medical personnel and support staff are employed at Orpington Hospital, as well as the nearby Princess Royal University Hospital. Some workers commute to Bromley or Croydon, while others travel to central London.
Orpington Employment Trends
Many towns in the Greater London area are at risk of becoming dormitory towns for commuters. Orpington, with its diverse shops and bustling centre, thriving farmers’ market, has retained its own character and charm, and should continue to do so. The town centre is prosperous, with new shops, as well as businesses like gyms, opening to offer fresh opportunities. Links to the M25 and the Kent coast are likely to make this a popular area for manufacturers, transport companies, and retail outlets.