Yeovil is a South Somerset town with a strong employment base, especially in manufacturing. The town is home to 45,000 residents, many of whom have jobs in Yeovil rather than further afield. Unlike Somerset towns along the M5 corridor, Yeovil has strong ties economically to Western England, as well as excellent transport links with Devon and Dorset (Somerset Growth Plan). Surrounded by countryside, the town has plenty of open spaces providing a relaxing escape, while areas such as Ninesprings country park are easily accessible. The average cost of rent in Yeovil is £655 pcm, which is considerably cheaper than Bristol 40 miles to the north (home.co.uk).
Yeovil Job Opportunities
Job opportunities in Yeovil are strong in aviation, with companies such as AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Honeywell Aerospace and the Royal Naval Air Station based in or around the town. Those looking for jobs in Yeovil within this sector in an engineering job will need skills in critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, mathematics and science. Among Yeovil's largest employers, retail giants such as Tesco and Asda feature prominently, providing positions in customer service, sales, management and administration jobs. Skills required here include commercial awareness, initiative, numeracy and a calm head. The other top employers, according to South Somerset Council, in Yeovil are:
East Somerset Hospital Trust
South Somerset District Council
Yeovil Employment Trends
According to a Somerset Growth Plan, jobs in Yeovil are expected to grow by up to 300 a year between 2014 and 2020. This will back up the job growth seen in the area since the 2010 General Election, when the rate of unemployment fell by 65.5% (ONS). In terms of investment, funding was announced in 2013 by the government for upgrades to the roads along the western corridor, which will ease traffic and provide better access for new businesses.