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Locating in Ashford
Ashford is home to
a working population of over 46,000 employees, with up to
783,000 adults of working age within a 40 minute drive of the town
centre, and one million within an hour.
Ashford has a significant representation of 'Wealthy
Executives', some 70% more than the national average. 45% of
working age residents are qualified to NVQ level 3 or above,
compared to a national average of 40%.
Average salaries are 20% less than in London, and 10% lower than
the rest of the South East - an attractive cost-saving for
With a predicted 28,000 new jobs over the next 25 years and the
population set to double, there is growing availability amongst a
large pool of skilled labour. Ashford has a strong employment pull,
attracting workers from more than 40 km (25 miles) away.
The proportion of workers who travel more than 40 km to work in
Ashford is more than twice the national average, which when
combined with the 20 minute drivetime indicates the relative ease
of accessibility that Ashford can demonstrate.
This will be a key feature in the development of Ashford’s
Ashford offers businesses tremendous flexibility in the local
labour market – full-time, part-time, temporary, self-employed and
shift workers - are widely available within and around the town
Currently at 111,000 and it is set to grow by approximately
2,000 a year providing an expanding pool of labour to
Already business and employment growth rates in the district have
exceeded population growth. Ashford’s population grew by an
estimated 12% between 1998 and 2005, more than twice the rate of
growth for Kent as a whole (5%).
46,000 employment in Ashford has risen by 22% between 1998 and
2005 compared with 17% in the Kent County Council area and 10%
across the South East as a whole.
|Access to potential
employees within a drive time distance
20 minutes – 69,738
40 minutes –
60 minutes – 1,207,335
|Employment Rate for
working age people in Ashford
||81% - significantly higher than Kent or the South
60% less than London, Ashford has one of the lowest
workplace-based average gross weekly earnings figure in Kent and