Document Abstract

Opportunity knocks? Economic outcomes for low-skilled people in cities

Explores the role cities play in supporting job opportunities for low-skilled people. Considers that having inclusive growth strategies are a necessity for successful cities. Looks at the distribution of low-skilled people and jobs across Great Britain noting that 61% of people with no qualifications live in cities. Highlights that there are more low-skilled people and jobs in the North and Midlands than in the South of England. Discusses the ways stronger economies support low-skilled workers including that they create more job opportunities for them. Looks at the distribution of different types of low-skilled job across the country. Analyses how and why economic outcomes vary between cities and considers the mechanisms through which low-skilled jobs are created. Demonstrates how the presence of high-skilled exporting businesses in cities increases the number of low-skilled jobs there too Makes recommendations including: low-skilled workers’ living standards should be improved; economic growth should be made accessible to all, for example by improving public transport and building more homes; and ensuring everyone can access the education they need to succeed in the labour market.


This document is not available to download directly from Research Online. Wherever possible a web link has been included to access the document via the publisherÂ’s website - please check below. If not, the document can be obtained directly from the source organisation or publisher. Skills Development Scotland cannot guarantee that the organisation will not charge for the document.

Web link

View more documents

Other page options

Publication information

Magrini, Elena
Ref No:
Centre for Cities

Download Adobe Reader

Notes for Idox Members

Get the latest updates from Skills Development Scotland