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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.

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Author:
Magrini, Elena
Year:
2019
Pages:
37
Ref No:
B52428
Source:
Centre for Cities

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