7 Reasons Why Surrey and Hampshire Are Great Places to Work

As a Farnham-based recruitment agency, we firmly believe that Surrey and Hampshire are wonderful areas to live and work in.

With excellent transport links, a wealth of local amenities and close proximity to London and other bustling business centres, it’s easy to see why so many employers and employees seek opportunities in this region.

So, what makes Surrey and Hampshire such ideal places to do business? These well-regarded hotspots have the credentials to speak for themselves…

1. A land of opportunity

Both Hampshire and Surrey are affluent counties home to a range of flourishing companies and industries.

Surrey is the second biggest contributor to the UK economy after London, with a wealth of leading international businesses and academic and corporate research and development centres. It has a large share of jobs in advanced manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, electricity and gas, information and communication, entertainment and more.

Hampshire’s thriving and innovative business ecosystem is a top destination for start-ups, global corporations and skilled talent. It’s known as the epicentre of aerospace and defence in the UK and has a diverse range of successful businesses in the finance, digital, marine and life sciences sectors.

2. Fantastic quality of life

Residents in Surrey and Hampshire enjoy an excellent quality of life — from low crime levels and stunning natural landscapes to attractive salaries and excellent healthcare.

In fact, Hart in Hampshire was named the best place to live in the UK for the fifth time in Halifax’s 2017 Quality of Life Survey, which takes into account factors such as life expectancy, employment rates and weather conditions.

3. Big-city connections

One of the biggest perks of living in the Southeast is its easy connections to London and other metropolitan areas. On average, it takes less than an hour and a half to drive to central London from Hampshire and less than an hour from many parts of Surrey.

Both counties are also a short distance from major airports like Gatwick and Heathrow, enabling travel to a range of global destinations.

4. Ideal for flexible working

Most workers and organisations seek flexibility and remote working options in the post-pandemic world. Fortunately, southeast England is well-equipped to accommodate this with stable local economies, fast internet download speeds, low unemployment rates and promising start-up survival rates.

As a result, several southeastern cities — including Winchester, Brighton and Hove (in nearby Sussex) and Southampton — ranked in a survey of the best cities to start a remote business in 2022 conducted by card payment company Dojo.

5. The whole package

On top of attractive business prospects for companies and candidates, many areas of the Southeast — including Hampshire and Surrey — offer a well-rounded lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between rural and city living.

Both counties are rich in cultural history and amenities, boasting excellent schools and activities for children of all ages, a plethora of stunning walks (Surrey has more wooded space than any other county in England) and easy access to the seaside. Though living in these areas can be more expensive compared to other counties in the UK, there are a growing number of quality affordable housing options available.

6. A strong sense of community

Anyone who visits Surrey or Hampshire will be met by warm, friendly people — a welcome contrast to nearby London, which can often feel crowded and lonely.

Both counties feature hospitable, traditional villages and small towns with supportive community spirits. Home to people of all ages with thriving sports centres, award-winning food and various unique events, these southeastern regions do a fantastic job of bringing people together.

7. Loved by the locals

Perhaps most importantly, both Hampshire and Surrey rank consistently highly in lists of the best and happiest places to live — by the people that actually live there.

Hampshire came third in a Bird & Co study of the 10 most popular counties to move to in the UK last year. In a Rightmove survey of the happiest places to live in Surrey in 2021, titled the ‘Happy at Home Index’, nearby Guildford came first, followed by Redhill, Woking and our very own Farnham.

Are you searching for full and part-time job opportunities in Surrey and Hampshire or looking to draw from the Southeast’s talent pool? Our Farnham-based recruitment agency provides expert advice for clients and candidates in a range of industries, including marketing, legal and finance. Contact us at 01252 727887 or email info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk to learn how we can help.