Witney is a market town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, approximately 10 miles from the county town, Oxford, on the River Windrush. The A40 between Witney and Oxford is only partly dual carriageway, but is the most direct transport link between the two locations, with a travelling time of around 30 minutes. The M4 motorway is 50 minutes away, while Charlbury railway station, approximately 8 miles north of Witney town centre, is served by regular train services to and from London Paddington.
According to the Guardian, property rental prices in Witney range from £625 and upwards per calendar month for a one-bedroom flat to £1,000 and upwards per calendar month for a three-bedroom house.
Witney Job Opportunities
Traditionally, Witney was famous for the production of woollen goods, particularly 'Witney blankets’ but, in recent years, the local economy has moved towards the leisure, retail and tourism sectors. Major employers in West Oxfordshire include Oxford University, Oxfordshire County Council and specialist travel operator Audley Travel, which is based in Witney itself.
Retail outlets in Witney include independent traders, boutique shops and High Street brands, therefore work opportunities in Witney that typically occur are customer services jobs and sales jobs.
Witney Employment Trends
West Oxfordshire has a strong economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. In fact, Witney enjoys a prestigious location, rich in heritage and surrounded by natural beauty and was voted one of the best places to live in Britain. Tourism attracts around four million visitors per annum and generates around £268 million for the local economy. The twice weekly market and monthly farmers’ market, which take place on the market square at the junction of the two main streets in the town, ensure that Witney retains the charm of a bustling market town.