Basingstoke is already home to a highly-educated, highly skilled population (43, 500 in fact).

With access to one of the south of England's leading pools of highly skilled young people and graduate talent, businesses can recruit locally to find the right people to help drive their business.

Setsquared, the global No.1 university business incubator has also chosen Basingstoke as the only location outside of a university campus to base one of its hubs.This enterprise partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey brings rich tech capabilities and an innovative ecosystem of knowledge assets and expertise to help support the launch of new high-tech businesses.

The facts

  • 43,500 (40%) highly educated employees (NVQ4+)
  • 480,500 highly skilled people (NVQ3+) within 60 minute drive time
  • 82% in employment – employed or self-employed
  • Young population with 25% under 20
  • 91,000 annual graduate pool

"Basingstoke has everything you need to build your career and a really great lifestyle, as well as being close to London.”

Simon from Bournemouth University,
now working at HCR

Universities within the area

Basingstoke has access to seven universities within the region, including one Russell Group university - the University of Southampton. Through these academic and research institutions our key sectors are well supported by the extensive range of academic programmes on offer, providing over 91,000 graduates every year.

Courses in business, finance, technology and creative arts are widely available helping support the growth of our knowledge-based economy, together with more specialist areas such as engineering, medicine and real estate - helping to bolster the skills base available locally.


Did you know? Our colleges are in the top 5% in the country for 16 to 18 results.

Your career

Basingstoke is an exciting place to work with a wealth of career choices. Boasting over 7,300 businesses from pharmaceuticals, IT, financial services to engineering and manufacturing, it offers opportunities for career development whatever your skills and experience.

Basingstoke College of Technology
Young students


Basingstoke is built for business, but that’s just the start of the story. Outside of work, there’s plenty to do, from shopping, eating and drinking through to enjoying the surrounding countryside.

96% of residents think it's a great place to live.

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