"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!" said the poet John Betjeman. In some ways, he needn't have worried. The town planners are doing the job for him. Many buildings in the town centre are being demolished to make way for a new town centre. The Heart of Slough project will see millions of pounds invested in modern buildings, new shopping centres, a cultural quarter and a new media 'village'.
Slough has suffered from its association with giant trading estate which provides employment for thousands of people living in the area. The estate is gigantic: it covers 486 acres, is home to around 500 businesses including Telefonica O2, Ferrari and Black & Decker. It even has its own power station. It wasn't too surprising that Ricky Gervais decided to the fictional paper company Wernham Hogg on Slough Trading Estate when he filmed the TV comedy, The Office. There is plenty more to Slough (and its next to some beautiful Berkshire countryside including Burnham Beeches) but for jobseekers it offers probably the best opportunities in the UK.
...Job Title: Service Delivery Executive / Sales Executive Location: Slough Salary: starting £20, 000 dependant on experience with a generous uncapped commission structure. Are you looking for a new and exciting opportunity in a growing company... more details
...Deputy / Assistant Manager - £23, 000 - £26, 000 pa - Immediate Interviews Available This rapidly expanding brand is looking to recruit a talented and ambitious Deputy / Assistant Manager in and around the Slough area. Ideally, As a Deputy... more details
...Cleaning Contract Manager Location: Slough, Berkshire Salary: £28K - £32K Per Annum, DOE, with company Mobile and Computer Provided Contract: Full time, Permanent Due to continued growth and expansion my client are now currently recruiting... more details
...Our client has an exciting opportunity for Full and Part Time Retail Assistants to join their teams based in in Egham, Maidenhead, Windsor, Chalfont St Peter, West Drayton, Slough, Cippenham and Hayes. As their Retail Assistant, you will receive... more details
...Universal Grinder needed to work with an automotive client of ours based in Slough. Previous use of Manual J & S Grinders & Studer is needed. * Setting and operating milling machines to required tolerances. * Use of manual measuring... more details
In addition to the companies mentioned above, there are hundreds more covering such sectors as food processing, engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, logistics, IT and telecommunications. Although many multi-nationals are based here, watch out as well for the Enterprise Quarter which is home to many start-up companies, offering you the chance to get in on the ground floor. The confectionery company, Mars, is one of the biggest employers on the estate. They offer jobs in Finance and Procurement, Production and Innovation, Marketing and Sales and Business Support. They also recruit graduates either for specific jobs or as part of their three-year management development programme.
O2 is just one - but probably the biggest - player in the communications sector at Slough. Jobs on offer include sales, service, retail, IT and management. They offer operations apprenticeships and finance programmes for graduates. The company also offers its own training programmes of course for school leavers or those applying for their first job.