Port Talbot is a large industrial town in the Valleys of South Wales, alongside Swansea Bay, in the county borough of Neath Port Talbot. The town, which had a population of just over 37,000 according to the 2011 census, has been synonymous with steelmaking since World War II and its skyline is dominated by the towering blast furnaces of Britain’s biggest steelworks. According to USwitch, incomes in Port Talbot are significantly higher than the national average, while property prices are significantly lower than the national average.
Port Talbot Job Opportunities
Port Talbot is well connected to other parts of the United Kingdom via the M4 motorway. The town has a central railway station, Port Talbot Parkway, which is undergoing an £11.3 million redevelopment due for completion in 2016 and provides frequent, direct links to all regions of the country. Frequent, local bus services run throughout the region. An excellent transport infrastructure makes Port Talbot an ideal location for economic development, leisure and tourism. Currently, manufacturing jobs, sales jobs and IT jobs are the most plentiful jobs in Port Talbot but, with the future of the Port Talbot plant in doubt, the local labour market may change in the years to come.
Port Talbot Employment Trends
Understandably, Port Talbot steelworks, which still accounts for 10% of local jobs, has had a major influence on jobs in Port Talbot since World War II.
According to a report by Neath Port Talbot Borough Council, published in 2015, the largest increase in employment in Port Talbot in the next decade and a half will come in the health sector, driven, in part, by an aging population. The construction, real estate and food and beverages services sector are also expected to see significant increases in employment in the same period, while the metals and metal products sector is expected to see the most substantial decrease.