At the beginning of April, we are hoping to release our first UK Talent Attraction Scorecard — a major research report looking at the demand and supply of talent across the country (to get an idea of what we’re talking about, you can download a copy of our US Talent Attraction Scorecard here).
The report will focus on a number of metrics, including general job growth, growth in skilled jobs, job openings, competitive effect and migration. To give you a tiny taste of what to expect, the chart below looks at the Top 10 Local Authority areas for growth in skilled occupations — those that need at least a Level 3 qualification — from 2012-2017:
As you can see, growth has been pretty spectacular in Watford and Bromsgrove especially, with almost 50% more skilled occupations in each area over the period. If we dig a little deeper, our data tells us what has been driving this growth. For example, in Watford, Creative occupations and Professional services, both of which tend to employ a high proportion of skilled workers, have grown by 161% (900 extra jobs) and 127% (3,400 extra jobs) respectively from 2012-2017. In Bromsgrove, Logistics and ecommerce has grown by 2,359% (11,900 extra jobs) and Business services by 516% (4,300).
There is also another interesting feature of the growth in skilled jobs highlighted by the chart, which is that it has not been confined to one or two parts of the country — perhaps London and the South East as we might have guessed. Rather, there is a decent spread across the country, with the East of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, and North East all being represented in the Top 10.
As they say, there’s plenty more where that came from, and so tune in at the start of April when we’ll be releasing the full report.