Aaron Wallis Recruitment, with support from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) , has compiled a report into job growth in the UK.
The report looks at job growth by region, focusing on which areas returned growth in total employment over 2018.
This new report builds on data from the recently-published Workforce Jobs Survey completed by the ONS. With more than 83,000 data inputs, this is the largest survey of its kind.
The collected data identifies both Yorkshire & The Humber and the North West as having the greatest regional job growth between 2017 and ’18. Yorkshire & The Humber added 96,000 positions to its 2017 job base of 2,718,000 in 2017 (+3.5%). The North West added 130,000 jobs to a base of 3,697,000 (also +3.5%).
The ONS defines a job as any position filled by a worker aged 16 or over working from than one hour per week. The report reviews where the job is worked, rather than the host, home, or location of the worker.
Leeds was a particular growth base. According to the report, the city has seen a 10% increase in jobs between 2013 and ’18. Growth sectors include: Information & Communications (+19%), Transportation & Storage (+14%), and Construction (+14%).
Areas which lost jobs over the same period included the North East (-0.7%), Wales (-0.8%), Scotland (-0.9%) and the East Midlands (-2.2%). In the case of the latter, 53,000 positions were lost from a 2017 base of 2,396,000 jobs.
E&Y points to the East Midlands losing out to regions which have secured devolved powers from central government, while the region also lacks a rising economic hub.
London and the South East remains the largest regional workforce areas in the country. Northern Ireland and Wales both have a small worker count when considering respective geographic size.
The full report can be accessed here: https://www.aaronwallis.co.uk/news/regional-job-growth.aspx