Rugeley, in Staffordshire, is a market town that lies alongside the River Trent, amidst the towns of Cannock, Lichfield, Stafford and Uttoxeter. Home to roughly 25,000 residents, this town offers a secure living environment. Rugeley is home to a mix of housing options and essential amenities, including sports and social clubs, entertainment and healthcare facilities, indoor and outdoor markets, swimming pool, skate park, and a couple of schools. Its mining legacy, has led to a diverse social and economical outlook for residents. Serviced by two railway stations, Rugeley is well-connected to London, Crewe, Cannock, Birmingham and Walsall by regular train services. An Eastern by-pass, the A51 which links Lichfield and Stone, enables road access, along with the A460 from Cannock.
Rugeley Job Opportunities
Once a mining town, Rugeley now offers job opportunities in other sectors as well. High street firms, such as Argos, Morrisons, and Tesco generate retail jobs in Rugeley. Not to be outdone, shops at the Brewery Street Arcade, local schools, and several companies (over 100 of them) functioning from the Towers Business Park, located at the site of the erstwhile Lea Hall Colliery, prove to be a good source of jobs in Rugeley. Finally, local clinics and medical practices offer a number of healthcare jobs, adding to the offering of seasonal, part-time and permanent jobs Rugeley can boast of in the long and short-term.
Rugeley Employment Trends
Closing of the colliery resulted in job cuts; however, development of the brownfield site generated quite a few jobs. Amazon’s new fulfillment centre opened in 2011 at the Towers Business Park, creating around 900 regular jobs, as well as providing additional jobs to meet seasonal demands. It is now creating another 200 permanent jobs here, after making temporary hires permanent. The Rugeley B power station, which has been active since 1972, is all set for decommissioning in the summer of 2016, which is likely to render around 150 people jobless. However, the £2 million Rugeley Flood Defence Scheme due to begin in autumn is expected to attract new businesses into town and may generate close to 350 new jobs in Rugeley in the process, offsetting employment figures.