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 future of skills in the UK
Five facts on earnings progression, why people move and their implications for cities
Explore the cities data from the UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015 using our interactive tool.
Parts of Hammond’s plan could help cities reshape their high streets, but underlying economic weaknesses must be addressed for long-lasting change
There is no easy solution to improving education outcomes, but cities can act now to help young and adult residents, using the tools they already have.
How cities within the UK and abroad are taking steps to improve the skills of their residents, support higher productivity and boost jobs growth.