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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-19-08

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5 million want more work or better jobs in UK's biggest Cities

OVER 5 million people want to work, want more hours or are trapped in low paid and insecure work across the UK's 12 biggest Cities, according to a new report.  The report for the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) comes as new metro mayors, elected in May, complete their 100th day in office and the monthly employment figures are published. Although the employment rate is the highest on record, the analysis of official statistics shows the scale of the challenge facing City leaders and national Government to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get a good job.  In total, the analysis shows there are 5.3 million people missing out because of a 'more and better jobs gap' across the UK's 12 major City Region areas.  The gap is the number of people who are unemployed, underemployed or inactive because of barriers such as caring or disability, but who would want to work if jobs were available (the more jobs gap); and workers earning less than the living wage and those on insecure contracts who would prefer permanent contracts (the better jobs gap).

The report found:-

►  In Manchester and Birmingham, where metro mayors were elected in May, more than ½ a million people are seeking more and better paid work.

►  In Birmingham, 356,000 people are either not working, but want to work, or are working but want more hours.

►  In Manchester, 1 in 5 people who are in the workforce; 291,000; are in low pay or insecure work.

►  In Liverpool and Sheffield, ⅖ of the workforce are not, working but would like to, want more hours, or are trapped in low pay or insecure work. This amounts to 303,000 people in Liverpool and 391,000 people in Sheffield.

City Region Better More More + better Better jobs More jobs More + better
Newcastle 21% 24% 41% 154000 182000 304000
Cardiff 18% 27% 40% 140000 204000 308000
Manchester 20% 25% 40% 292000 357000 582000
Liverpool 18% 25% 40% 140000 192000 303000
Sheffield 19% 25% 40% 185000 248000 389000
Nottingham 20% 23% 39% 102000 120000 203000
Birmingham 17% 26% 39% 235000 356000 540000
Leeds 19% 24% 39% 227000 288000 464000
Glasgow 15% 22% 34% 70000 102000 157000
London 14% 23% 34% 677000 1127000 1642000
Edinburgh 18% 20% 34% 128000 148000 244000
Bristol 15% 21% 32% 92000 126000 198000
  Total:- 2442000 3450000 5334000

JRF is calling on City leaders to work with the Government on devising local industrial strategies that prioritise creating more and better jobs. The Government's forthcoming report to Parliament on its progress to full employment should consider the disparities in employment rates between places and the quality of jobs on offer.  Dave Innes, economist at JRF, said:- "Britain has enjoyed a jobs miracle and the national picture on jobs is good; more people are in work than ever before. But these figures show millions of people across our big Cities are missing out on this success and there is still a long way to go.  The priority for City leaders and the Government is to use the industrial strategy to create the conditions for more and better jobs, and ensure people who have been left behind can find work."


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