The market town of Rugby is situated on the banks of the River Avon in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands. The town is easily accessible by road, via the M6, M1 and M45 motorways and by rail, via Rugby railway station, which is well served by frequent trains to and from London, Birmingham and the North West of England. According to City A.M., the cost of living in the West Midlands is higher than in many other parts of the UK.
Rugby Job Opportunities
Traditionally, jobs in Rugby have revolved around engineering jobs and manufacturing jobs. Major employers in the town include Alstom UK, whose turbine manufacturing facility has been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th century, and CEMEX, whose cement plant is one of the largest and most modern of its type in Europe. Indeed, CEMEX contributes over £25 million to the local economy annually and supports a vast number of jobs, directly and indirectly.
Business centres, industrial estates and other developments have sprung up all around the town in recent years, creating thousands of square feet of industrial, warehousing and distribution accommodation. Accordingly, many people are now employed in operations and logistics jobs in and around Rugby.
Rugby Employment Trends
According to City A.M., Rugby has an unemployment rate of 7.4%, but this is still the lowest in the region. According to employment projections data produced by Cambridge Econometrics, the structure of the labour market in Rugby will shift away from skilled trades, in particular, towards personal services occupations by 2020. Higher skilled occupations will, nevertheless, still offer most employment in the town.
Rugby railway station has undergone a £170 million facelift, while the adjacent site, formerly Rugby Cattle Market, is being redeveloped for housing, employment and retail facilities. Elsewhere, Central Park, an industrial estate to the north of the town centre is being developed in phases, but is already home to several household names, such as Hewlett-Packard and Gap.