Oswestry is situated in northern Shropshire, just five miles from the Welsh border and well connected to Cheshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands via the A5 and A483 main roads. The third largest Shropshire town after nearby Telford and Shrewsbury, its population totals approximately 17,000. Including transport, the cost of living in rural areas such as Oswestry can be higher than surrounding urbanised regions, although fresh groceries and other foods are usually plentiful and cheaper. A typical semi-detached house sells for £140,888 (2015 figures) according to Oswestry Zed-Index. Situated near open countryside, Oswestry offers natural surroundings for relaxation and a healthy work-life balance, highlighted in a 'Shropshire Star' poll (July 2015).
Oswestry Job Opportunities
Jobs in Oswestry include a significant number of retail, marketing and technical posts or software engineering jobs. In the wider Shropshire area, agriculture and construction jobs are available. Figures published by the ONS (Office of National Statistics) for the former local authority area of Oswestry also list the motor trade, transport, accommodation and food services sectors as important activity areas, in addition to professional and scientific staff. Business administration and support services also figured in the main areas of work advertised, along with health, recreation, the arts and entertainment.
Oswestry Employment Trends
Oswestry Town Council's plan for 2014-2017 includes supporting and facilitating a Business Graduate placement to work on new initiatives, promotional projects and co-ordination in attracting retailers to the town. Despite its rural character, education has a significant presence in Shropshire with well-known including independent schools and new academies. For teaching and administrative staff, educational establishments in Oswestry include primary schools such as Our Lady's and St Oswald's (Catholic), or Woodside Academy. There are two independent secondary schools and The Marches comprehensive (an academy); further education staff teach at North Shropshire College at its Walford campus in the town and some other new centres including near Baschurch.