With a population of just under 65,000 according to the 2011 census, the county town of Somerset, Taunton, is located in the south-west of the country. The town boasts a millennium of military and religious history, and has two museums to commemorate this history. It is largely a rural area, with swathes of beautiful countryside and other areas of outstanding natural beauty, but remains a hub of employment in the county of Somerset.
The town centre is currently being upgraded and modernised in an attempt to boost the number of jobs in Taunton. The M5 is situated nearby, and the town has good travel links overall with the Paddington-Penzance rail line running right through Taunton, which serves as a boost to the local economy. A report from Somerset County Council in 2014 showed that the average salary in Taunton is £25,000, but this is expected to rise beyond that figure and the UK average in the next few years.
Taunton Job Opportunities
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, which is part of the Ministry for Defence, has its headquarters in Taunton and currently employs 1,000 people. The head offices of Debenhams, Viridor, CANDAC, and the Western Provident Association also reside in Taunton, all providing a healthy number of jobs.
Research from Somerset County Council indicates that unemployment in Somerset presently sits at around 4%, which is below the national average. The same source says that unemployment peaked, in Somerset, at a rate of 7.3% in March 2010, so this shows that unemployment is falling quite rapidly and the opportunity for gaining employment in Taunton is on the increase.