The Scottish Borders has a population of around 113,870.
Employment in the region has evolved from agriculture, fishing and textiles into industries such as electronics, engineering, tourism, chemicals and plastic. The region is a world leader in the design and production of high quality cashmere.
The workforce is highly-skilled and adaptable. Workforce loyalty and retention rates are among the best in the country.
The high proportion of car-owning households and good road network results in people being prepared to travel some distance to their place of work, enlarging the pool of potential recruits.