City factsheet


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

Derby map

This factsheet compares Derby with the five most similar European cities by size and industrial structure. These are: Hagen (Germany), Herne (Germany), Regensburg (Germany), Miskolc (Hungary)
Lübeck (Germany)

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 Derby to its European counterparts on variables such as skills, employment and productivity.

City group characteristics

Derby and the cities in its group are small cities with a relatively balanced set of sectors, showing a slight dominance in public and business 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

Derby performs relatively well in its group, particularly on GVA, jobs and patents (for which it ranks 26th out of all 330 cities). It does however have a high proportion of low skilled people compared to its group.

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

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