Berkshire is one of the UK’s largest economic areas and a significant driver of wealth generation across the South East. In particular it is a key source of employment in the Thames Valley area accounting for over a third of the total. The volume of employment is evenly distributed across Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead.
In good company
Whilst East Berkshire has a population of around 275,000, the region is also underpinned by significant travel to work movements. In total East Berkshire and its immediate neighbours provide a labour pool of over half a million economically active residents with over a quarter of a million working age residents qualified to degree level or higher.
The employment base in East Berkshire is dominated by higher value activities including:
- IT and software, business management and consultancy
- Telecommunications, particularly focussed around the Slough area
- Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing – higher value as well as traditional (eg confectionery)
Underpinning the area's success is strong transport connectivity to locations throughout the South East of England and the world (via Heathrow), helped by proximity to major motorways and important rail links.
Infrastructure developments such as Crossrail and the proposed western access to Heathrow are likely to reinforce the attraction of the area to both employers and employees.