City factsheet


How is the Basildon economy performing, and what are the key policy issues facing the city?

Basildon map

This factsheet shows how Basildon compares to the five most similar European cities in size and industrial structure.These are: Hamm (Germany), Le Havre (France), Móstoles (Spain), Pécs (Hungary) and Szeged (Hungary).

Comparing cities in this way helps us to understand more about how well UK cities are competing on an international scale because it groups cities with similar industrial structures, rather than on their resulting economic performance. The factsheet also compares the relative strengths and weaknesses of Basildon to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

Basildon is a small city, ranking in the middle of its group for size. This group has a relatively even spread of sectors, with the bulk of jobs being in business and private services.


Industrial structure


  • Manufacturing, mining and utilities 2011
  • Business services 2011
  • Public services 2011
  • Other private services 2011
  • Other sectors 2011

Industrial Structure chart

Overall economic performance

In its group, Basildon has the highest number of patent applications, and the highest employment rate, though ranks closer to the middle of the group on productivity (GVA per worker). Basildon has a relatively low skilled population, compared to the group.

Note: For more about this data please see the indicator index.

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