Working In Somerset

Somerset Overview

Somerset Employment by industry

Agriculture & Fishing
Energy & Water
Distribution, hotels & restaurants
Transport & communication
Banking, finance & insurance etc
Public admin, education & health
Other services

Source: ONS 2008

Skill Levels - Somerset Numbers % of working age population
Working age qualified to at least level 4 74,900 25%
Working age qualified to at least level 3 144,870 48%
Working age qualified to at least level 2 214,315 71%
Working age without a level 2 qualification 86,785 29%

Somerset Average Wage Rates

CAD / Skilled Engineers
£22,500 - £28,000
IT / Programmers
£22,000 - £45,000
£15,500 - £20,000
£15,000 - £20,000
Production Workers
£11,200 - £20,000

West Somerset

Very strong tourism and leisure offer with associated skills. Home to a number of niche businesses across creative and advanced technology sectors. High proportion of senior managers in the population.

EDF Energy

One of the largest UK energy suppliers building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley

Magnox South Ltd

Licensed to defuel and decommission five of the UK's historic Magnox nuclear reactor sites

Butlins, Minehead

Family holidays & short breaks at UK holiday parks

Eastleigh Care Home, Minehead

Providing individual care for the elderly

Wansborough Paper Mill

Manufacturer of corrugated case making paper, cardboard for paper tubes and machine-glazed paper

Shearwell Data Ltd

Electronic animal identification systems

Deso Engineering Ltd

Manufacturer of rotationally moulded plastic tanks for storage of liquids

West Somerset Railway

The longest Steam Heritage Railway in the UK

Singer Instruments Ltd

Make microscopes for yeast tetrad dissection and robots for manipulating yeast arrays for SGA


Logistical centre for South West. Excellent access to M5. Strong engineering sector. Gateway to nuclear investment at Hinkley. A strong pipeline for the supply of employment land.

Main Private Sector Employers in Somerset

EDF Energy (Hinkley Nuclear Power)

One of the largest UK energy suppliers building a new nuclear power station at Hinkley

Yeo Valley Farms (Production) Ltd

One of the few independent & British-owned dairy processing company in the UK

Magnox South Ltd

Licensed to defuel and decommission five of the UK's historic Magnox nuclear reactor sites

Argos Distribution Ltd

Retail Distribution

Robert Wiseman Dairies

Procurement, production and delivery of liquid milk

Langdon Industries Ltd

National UK cold and frozen storage, haulage and distribution company

DHL Exel Supply Chain Management Services (UK) Ltd

Global order processing, inventory management and warehousing

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Bridgwater)

Trelleborg is a global engineering group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology

Labelling & Packaging Services Ltd

End of line contract packaging company for multi national clients

Cossey Ltd

Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers

Taunton Deane

Centre of major growth plans in regional spatial strategy. Excellent access to M5. Strong legal and financial sector servicing blue chip customers nationally and internationally. High quality office space available.

Main Private Sector Employers in Somerset

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Meeting national, defence and civil requirements for navigational and hydrographic information

Clarke Wilmott

Client led law firm acting for businesses, banks and for private clients in different industry sectors across the UK

Foot Anstey

Offer legal expertise in commercial property, planning, environmental and land use, including litigation

Relyon Ltd

Manufacturer of beds and bedding

Swallowfield plc

Supports global brands and retailers in the beauty, personal care and household goods marketplace

Western Provident Association Ltd

Award winning UK health insurer

GE Sensing (UK) Ltd

Electronic Equipment Components & Instruments

Booking Services International Ltd

Leading procurement specialist in corporate accommodation and meetings management

Viridor Waste Management Ltd

One of the UK's leading resource and waste management companies

Ministry of Cake Ltd

Dessert manufacturer and food processor


Easy access to Bristol and Bath. Strong mix of technology, food and distribution sectors. Fast growing creative sector. London in under 2 hrs.

Main Private Sector Employers in Somerset

Clarks International Ltd

UK Number 1 Shoe Brand

Thales Defence Information Systems

UK’s second largest defence electronics supplier

Gaymer Cider Company

The Gaymer Cider Company produces and markets Cider

Aggregate Industries Ltd

Aggregate Industries UK quarries, manufactures and supplies construction materials

Butler Tanner & Dennis

One of the premier colour book and publications printers in the UK

Staplemead Creamery Ltd

A food & dairy products company - part of the french Andros Company


English Luxury Fashion

JW Singer

Largest specialist manufacturer of brass high pressure diecast sprinkler frames for the fire protection industry

Millfield School

Co-educational independent school

Foot Shop Ltd

Specialist sales of footwear, socks, hosiery and foot comfort products.The Cosyfeet and Walktall brands

South Somerset

Strongest concentration of advanced engineering and manufacturing skills in the South West. A303 and fast rail link to London. Yeovil identified for growth in regional spatial strategy.

Main Private Sector Employers in Somerset

Royal Naval Air Station - Yeovilton

Large multi-role air station and one of the busiest military airfields in the UK

Agusta Westland

Anglo Italian company supplying commercial and military customers with integrated helicopter systems

Oscar Mayer Ltd

Leading producers of chilled ready meals in the country

Screwfix Direct

One of the UK's largest direct and online supplier of trade tools and hardware products

Gooch & Housego plc

Manufacturer of acousto-optic devices and custom optical components

Numatic International Ltd

Manufactures domestic, commercial, and industrial cleaning and maintenance equipments

Honeywell Aerospace

Manufacturer of civil and military avionics and other aerospace products, integrator and a service provider

Aerosystems International Ltd

Analysis, design, development, and delivery of software intensive systems for defence and space industry

Parker Hannifin Sterling Hydraulics Ltd

Manufacturers of solenoid valves, control valve cartridges and manifold systems for mobile and industrial equipment

Thales Naval Division

Design and manufacture of defence electronics. Seismic tools