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Did you know in Gloucestershire?

Gloucestershire map


Gloucestershire is located at a ‘cross-roads’ between Wales, London, the Midlands and the South West.


  • 693,500 people live in Gloucestershire ( 289,200 males and 300,000 females).
  • 373,500 people in Gloucestershire are of working age.
  • 310,000 people in Gloucestershire are in employment.
  • 17,900 people in Gloucestershire are unemployed.
  • 27,800 people have no qualifications at all, which means a lot of competition for lower skilled/entry level jobs. On the other hand, 209,000 people (around 57% of the population in Gloucestershire) have NVQ 3 or higher qualifications, which is above the UK average. 

Around half the people working in Gloucestershire work in either Cheltenham or Gloucester City. Other places for employment include Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Coleford and Lydney.


Most businesses are small and employ 4 or fewer people although there are some very large employers.

The majority of people work in one of the following very broad sectors:

  • public sector admin, education and health – the biggest sector in terms of workforce numbers
  • distribution (which includes retail), hotels and restaurants – supermarkets are usually the largest individual employers
  • banking, finance and insurance – major employers include Ageas and Endsleigh (insurance companies)
  • manufacturing and engineering – including Messier-Dowty (aerospace), Renishaw (hi-tech measuring specialists) and Unilever (consumer products)


Destinations of the 2010 leavers in the Gloucestershire area show that:

  • 89% entered Education
  • 3% entered Training
  • 4% entered Employment
  • 2%  were NEET (not in employment, education or training)
  • 2%  were 'Other'

For more details see the Destinations 2010 document at the bottom of this page.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE - economic reports and statistics

NB Nomis shows labour market statistics from official sources


Economy report

Nomis - Gloucestershire

For more detailed labour market information on specific areas in Gloucestershire please see:


Local economy

Nomis - Cheltenham


Nomis - Cirencester (Cotswold)

Forest of Dean

Local economy

Nomis - Forest of Dean


Nomis - Stroud


Local economy

Nomis - Tewkesbury