UK cities are home to the majority of the jobs in the UK economy. Yet the number and types of jobs vary between cities, partly reflecting big differences in people’s skills, experience and qualifications across different cities. Evidence going back over 100 years shows that, to attract business investment and support new jobs, UK cities must focus on improving the skills of their residents. Our analysis looks at how cities and national government can support higher productivity and stronger jobs growth in cities around the country.
The Government needs to give cities and businesses more flexibility over apprenticeships to improve take-up and efficiency in the system.
Gabriele Piazza rounds up the key themes from our recent round table event on Birmingham’s skills challenges
Explore the cities data from the UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015 using our interactive tool.
Cities need to enlarge the skilled labour pool that they offer to businesses.
The BBC's move to Salford brought jobs to MediaCityUK, but its impact was limited across Greater Manchester
How cities within the UK and abroad are taking steps to improve the skills of their residents, support higher productivity and boost jobs growth.