Human Resources

Central Bedfordshire has a highly skilled workforce. 3,800 postgraduate students in the area, with a quarter of the population educated to degree level and 70% of the population educated to level 2 or above. 60% of the work force are managerial, professional or skilled and over 140 languages spoken.

Dunstable is a large Market Town in Central Bedfordshire of approximately 37,400 population. It neighbours both Luton to the east and Houghton Regis to the north. The Dunstable and Houghton Regis area is designated as an area that will continue to significantly grow mainly through delivering a sustainable urban extension to the north and north west of Dunstable and Houghton Regis.

Over the next 25 years this and the wider growth points have the potential to enable 11,150 new homes to be built and create nearly 7,000 new job opportunities. To support this growth, there are a number of planned proposed strategic transport interventions that will have a significant impact on the town.

Economically active population,
all people aged 16 and over, 2014

Dunstable Dunstable Central Bedfordshire England
Economically active 19,390 73.7%
81.6% 77.4%
- Part time employee 3,680 14% 34.7% 32.3%
- Full time employee 11,170 42.5% 67.8% 67.7%
- Self employed 2,520 9.6% 12.2% 10.1%
- Unemployed 1,170 4.4% 3.8% 6%
- Full time student 850 3.2% 16.3% 26.5%

Central Bedfordshire workforce 130,500
1/4 are educated to degree level


Average weekly pay in Luton    £486.20
Average regional weekly pay    £572.00


Dunstable population 37,400
Central Bedfordshire district population 269,100