Jobs in Alton

  • December 03, 2020

Ask those who are fortunate enough to have jobs in Alton what it’s like there and they will probably spend ages telling you about what a great place it is to work!

Here are just some of the reasons people choose to find jobs in Alton and the surrounding areas.

High Employment Rates

According to the last set of figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the rate of unemployment in Alton is lower than the average for Hampshire and the country as a whole, making Alton a good location to try for those looking for employment.

Wide Choice of Jobs in Alton

As we know, sadly, the unemployment rate nationally has increased during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still opportunities in the Alton area for those who want to work in this lovely market town.

So what sort of jobs in Alton are most common?

Large local employers include some big names in consulting, manufacturing, software, technology and construction.

At Priority Appointments, we place people in roles in the town’s warehouses and supply chain businesses Alton’s access to the motorway network for the South of England means it’s a popular place for companies to have warehouses and distribution points.

There is also a healthy manufacturing and fabrication sector in and around the town, notably based in Alton Business Park and nearby Farringdon and Oriel Business Parks.

But not all job opportunities in Alton are in the blue-collar sector. According to the ONS, Alton has 20% more people in higher and Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional households than the national average.

Here at Priority Appointments, we often have opportunities in Alton ranging from finance management and support, customer support and management to technical roles in manufacturing, engineering and logistics.

Living in Alton

Alton is a popular place to live, with many people choosing to move to the area for the employment opportunities and the quality of life that the town has to offer.

People who live in Alton are highly likely to own their own homes: the town has a higher rate of home ownership than the national average, with over 37% of people owning their own homes outright or via a mortgage.

Education in Alton

For those with families looking to move to the area, Alton offers good local schools and further education opportunities. Alton College, which recently became the Havant and South Downs College group, offers A level and apprenticeship courses, and will be one of the first educational establishments to offer the new ‘T Levels’ in 2021 - a brand new, two-year qualification. Subjects initially available will be in Digital IT Production, Design & Development; Education & Childcare and Nursing Support.

The college also has close ties with the local business community, and rents out meeting rooms and facilities which are popular with local businesses who want to run off-site training events or meetings.

Overall, the standard of education in Alton is high, more residents with a higher education qualification (level 4) than the national average.

A Great Location for an Active Lifestyle

Despite having such good road links, Alton is surprisingly quiet, as it sits in the middle of a triangle formed by the M3 to the North and the A31 and A3 to the south.

Alton is probably best known for being at one end of the Mid Hants Railway, the steam railway that runs through the picturesque countryside between Alton and Alresford, about 10 miles away. Known locally as the Watercress Line, this delightful railway is a huge attraction to families in Hampshire and nearby Surrey and Sussex, particularly at Christmas when Santa often books a seat on the train, much to the delight of local children!

Alton is also at the source of the River Wey which meanders its way north-eastwards from the town via Farnham, Godalming and Guildford, eventually joining the River Thames at Weybridge. The whole area around Alton is a walker’s paradise with a huge choice of routes through the South Downs national park, including the Hangers Way, which is right on the town’s doorstep.

If walking isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of places to cycle or horse-ride around Alton on the weekends when you’re not at work.

History of Alton

Originally known as ‘Aoltone’, Alton can trace its origins back for centuries and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as being a valuable market town.

In the early 1800s, the town’s most famous visitor was Jane Austen, who lived just down the road in Chawton and who is reputed to have done her shopping in Alton.

Working in Alton

Of course, the town’s Waitrose and Sainsbury’s supermarkets weren’t there in Jane Austen’s day, and over recent years Alton has definitely done a lot to shake off its sleepy image, with tasteful developments around the edge of the town and several larger companies moving into the area.

Alton is a great place to look for jobs if you want a work location that’s easy to get to by train or car, with excellent connections to the south coast, Guildford, Reading and the surrounding areas.

Contact our friendly, helpful team today to find out about any jobs in Alton that could be right for you: Tel: tel:01256 334575, email:

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