Globalisation and technological change are changing the nature of jobs available in UK cities, with impacts for both workers and the wider city economy. This report, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, shows how jobs in cities have polarised, with employment in middle-income professions falling. This has taken its toll on people’s wages, job security and career progression.
The report also shows the differences between cities and highlights the need for the appropriate mix of supply and demand-side interventions, which are specific to the local labour market. National government must also give cities more flexibility over funding to invest in the skills and infrastructure local businesses need to thrive, create jobs and pay higher wages.
Supported by JRF
Policy and Research Manager