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Oxford is a city that's thriving economically and offers a strong employment market.

One of the UK's most prosperous cities, Oxford has a dynamic, forward-looking business community. The city contributes almost £5bn to the UK economy (mainly from education, health, finance and IT) and is home to seven of Oxfordshire's ten biggest employers. The employment rate is 72.2 per 100 residents, much higher than the national average of 46.1 and also above comparable cities such as Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

As well as the many businesses on the Oxford Business Park and Oxford Science Park, in the south east of the city are the Unipart headquarters and BMW's state-of-the-art Mini manufacturing plant at Cowley, which employs almost 4,000 people. Further employment opportunities will be created by the planned redevelopment of the Westgate Centre to provide around 70 new shops, including a 10,000 sq m John Lewis store.

Tourism also plays a major role in Oxford's economy with over nine million visitors each year, bringing around £1.46 billion to the economy. Oxford’s attractions are both timeless and modern, combining 'dreaming spires' and tranquil college quadrangles with lively arts venues, bustling shops and fashionable restaurants. From Lewis Carroll and JRR Tolkien to Inspector Morse and Harry Potter, the city is also firmly entrenched in the popular imagination. See Visit Oxfordshire for more about Oxford’s visitor offer.