Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, is a pleasant industrial town within striking distance of London, providing plenty of potential for job seekers.
Perhaps attracted by the town's unusual Magic Roundabout, a cluster of IT firms have been drawn to Hemel Hempstead, employing a significant number of people in a range of both highly skilled and general roles. Computer giant, Unisys, has a site here and other IT jobs are to found at small local companies offering PC support services, software solutions and website design. Employment can also be found at Northgate Information Solutions, who have a Data Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
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Large local employers, such as DSG International (Dixons) and British Telecom, are likely to be good sources of administrative jobs. Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel Hempstead Hospital are also significant employers with public administration positions, across the board.
Manufacturing is a key factor in the local economy and a vast range of jobs are based here, in both light and heavy industries. Typical examples are Filipo Berio olive oil, DuPont petrochemicals and Transcend, which manufactures computer drives.
With its excellent location and transport links, this is a good place to look for jobs in the transport, logistics and distribution sectors. Many high profile companies have warehouses here, employing several hundred people. These include a delivery centre for Next clothing, Gist food distribution for M&S and a DHL warehouse.