The town of Redditch is situated approximately 15 miles south of Birmingham in the West Midlands. Redditch was designated a "new town" in 1964 and many of the houses and roads have been built in the last 50 years according to new town principles.
By road, Redditch provides easy access to the national motorway network via the M42 motorway and offers excellent bus and rail links to Birmingham and beyond. According to a report from Asda, the annual cost of living in the West Midlands will rise from £21,400 in 2013 to £25,100 in 2018.
Redditch Job Opportunities
Jobs in Redditch are most plentiful in modern light industry and services sectors. There is a strong manufacturing presence in the town, in electrical machinery, furniture, metals and rubber and the largest employers include GKN, Halfords, Johnson Controls and Samuel Taylor.
Redditch offers a variety of job opportunities, ranging from manufacturing jobs, through manufacturing and production engineers at all levels, to managerial and board level positions. A high percentage of the population is also employed in sales, marketing and customer service roles. Of course, its close proximity to Birmingham means that Redditch also serves as a 'dormitory' town for Britain's second largest city.
Redditch Employment Trends
According to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics, the number of people out of work in Redditch fell by 34.6% in May 2015 compared with the previous year. The news was even better for young claimants, with over 40% fewer 18 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseeker's allowance compared with the previous year.
The historical dependence of the West Midlands on manufacturing made the regional economy less resilient during the recent recession, but according to former Redditch MP, Karen Lumley, the vast majority of jobs created since the 2010 General Election have been full-time, highly skilled positions and salaries are rising faster than inflation.