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Why You Should Work In The North

Article Date: 14-01-2019

For centuries the south of England has been the capital of everything business and development but in recent years, especially with the development of The Northern Powerhouse, things have started to change.

Before we get into why you should work in the north, let’s get a bit deeper into the north/south divide and what’s making the north so popular right now. So, according to the BBC the north/south divide has been created due to companies setting up their business and choosing to place their business in the south – this creates more jobs in the south, providing its residence with a source of income.

“In 2015, it found that for every 12 jobs created since 2004 in southern cities, only one was created in cities elsewhere.” – BBC

So for every 12 people that have a job in the south, only 1 in the north has the same prospects. This generally leads to the south having more affluence and comfort with money and the north are consequentially left lacking.

The only thing is, this report is now four years old and the economic climate in the north since it was published has grown considerably. So, let’s take a look at the economic success of our favourite northern cities!

First let’s talk about Leeds – a major player in business growth, developments and investments in the north. With a diverse population of 751,500 people, Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing, greenest cities in the UK. And with growth comes opportunity, take this for example…

“Leeds is the UK’s fastest growing city, with the second largest employment total outside London, and over 110,000 people commuting to work daily.” – Aspen Woolf

Job opportunities in Leeds are far from sparse and you’ll never be out of work, should you decide that this is where you’d like to take your career.

According to Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in a 2013 report ‘The Leeds City Region has a workforce of 1.9 million and a business base of over 106,000 companies that generate 5% of England’s total economic output. That’s worth almost £56 billion per year. In fact, the Leeds City Region economy alone is larger than that of 9 European countries!

Ready for some facts about Liverpool? Let’s do this.

What do you know about Liverpool? Have a think before you continue reading.

So, everybody knows that The Beatles came from Liverpool, but in the news there hasn’t been many reporting’s of ‘amazing’ things happening in the city – and that’s because they’ve been sneaking up on us. Well, not quite.

According to the Centre for Cities’ database, between 1998 and 2016 Liverpool’s economy grew by a factor of 2.1 – more than any major British city except London, Edinburgh or Cardiff. See below for a visual representation of the city’s growth.

Image sourced from CityMetric

Not only did their economy grow, but their average weekly wage grew too – see below.

Image sourced from CityMetric

But what factors contribute to Liverpool’s sudden success since the crash of its economy in the 90’s?

Its Culture

“In 2003, Liverpool was named the 2008 European Capital of Culture. The city didn’t just spend five years planning its programme of events: it also took pains to ensure the event left a legacy, not just reputational, but in terms of cultural infrastructure, tourism facilities and actual physical venues, notably the Echo Arena.” – CityMetric

Culture, check. Liverpool has become a city that’s known for its welcoming atmosphere and multicultural events hosted frequently throughout the year.

It’s the shopping capital of the north – yep, that’s right, Liverpudlians know how to shop and thousands travel to the centre from across the UK to do their shopping.

In 1994, the EU allocated £700m to Liverpool under its Objective One regional development programme. Another £928m followed in 2000; another £700m shared across the North West in 2007. Between 2014 and 2020, another £450m was allocated to Liverpool. (These figures from the Liverpool Echo.) That money helped fund a huge range of infrastructure across the city, including the Echo Arena.

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