About the Prototype
Areas which voted Remain in last June’s referendum specialize in jobs with higher rates of pay. The first chart shows the Location Quotient (LQ) for every occupation in parts of the country which voted Remain. LQ is a measure of specialisation, and scores above 1 show an occupation is specialised. Those scoring an LQ above 1 tend to have higher levels of pay. The second chart takes the Top 20 jobs specialised in areas which voted Leave and Remain, and compares their relative specialisation across every Local Authority area in Great Britain – it shows that ‘Remain jobs’ are much more heavily concentrated in a few areas, whereas ‘Leave jobs’ tend to be spread much more widely, including in some areas which voted Remain. More discussion on the charts is available in this blogpost.
- Using Location Quotient is a good way to discern the distinguishing features of regions
- Comparing LQs between areas helps to highlight relative specialisations