Only Inner London beating pre-recession job creation, says TUC

Inner London is the only area of the UK where people are starting jobs at a higher rate than before the recession, a TUC report says today.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014Inner London is the only area of the UK where people are starting jobs at a higher rate than before the recession, a TUC report says today.

Job creation in some parts of the country is still falling and is down 31% in parts of the West Midlands outside metropolitan areas, according to ‘Equitable Full Employment: A Jobs Recovery For All’, written for the TUC by Tony Wilson and Paul Bivand of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion in London.

It finds that metropolitan areas such as London, Birmingham, and Tyne and Wear are recovering faster than their neighbouring rural areas.

Overall, job starts – the number of people starting a new job within a three-month period – are about 20% below pre-recession levels across the UK. Fewer people are leaving their jobs, helping to explain why the employment rate for older workers is increasing faster than for young people, says the TUC.

The report also finds that while graduate jobs creation is back above pre-recession levels, the number of people with lower-level qualifications starting new jobs has continued to deteriorate.

With three in 10 job starts now in temporary work, the TUC says that the continuing shift from permanent jobs to self-employment and temporary work suggests the UK jobs market is changing permanently, rather than being a short-term response to the recession.

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