Crawley sits in a excellent location in the South East of the UK, with fantastic transport links into London and the seaside town of Brighton just a short trip away. Crawley has been developed over the years and is now renowned as one of the top places to work in the South outside of the Capital.
Crawley has an excellent job market on offer, with many large organisations housing the Head Office’s in the town. With London being so close it’s easy for workers to travel to the Head Office and also cheaper for businesses to reside here. Gatwick Airport is right on Crawley’s doorstep, providing thousands of jobs for locals. As a result jobs in the aviation, transport and distribution sectors have grown dramatically in Crawley. The distribution industry is Crawley’s key area for business, with companies such as Virgin, TUI and British Airways all having offices situated in the town. It’s thought that almost 45,000 jobs are provided for workers in Crawley in this sector.
Another main business sector in Crawley is the manufacturing industry, with an estimated 600 organisations in the area, employing over 20,000 workers across various job roles. Major manufacturing businesses have chosen to have their Head Offices in Crawley, including Thales. Many financial companies have also set up offices in Crawley, deciding to move out of London. It’s estimated that around 40,000 people work in this sector across Crawley, spanning a wide variety of jobs. The public sector is also a key area of employment in Crawley with around 30,000 people working in the area. Crawley Borough Council is the top employer in the public sector in the Crawley area.
Crawley has a good economy, and unemployment levels are generally lower than on average. On the whole, job seekers struggle less to find a job in Crawley than other areas of the country, depending on the industry. The town continues to grow and more businesses are choosing to set up offices in Crawley. It helps that Gatwick Airport is a stones throw away, meaning international business partners can access offices easily and companies can trade with international countries too. Crawley will only continue to expand, generating more jobs for locals in Crawley.