17 July 2015

Why is it more difficult to get a job in one area of the country than another? It’s a question I’ve been mulling over having read about the latest figures on unemployment.

How can we get the whole of the UK working?

How can we get the whole of the UK working?

According to the Office for National Statistics, the regions where employment is most difficult to find are the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside, and London. I’m slightly baffled by the first two regions, as last year I distinctly remember reading that companies in these areas were growing at the fastest pace in the UK.

So, what is the cause? When it comes to the capital, I think overpopulation can’t be helping. It’s one of the pitfalls of the city, especially if you’re a rapidly growing company looking to expand.

Crowding and lack of space can stifle innovation. We know this as we’ve experienced huge spikes in productivity and growth as a business every time we’ve moved into a bigger place having outgrown our previous home.

As for our neighbours in the North, I wonder whether a return to manufacturing has left a bit of a skills gap that needs plugging. Perhaps, when it comes to training and investing in the talent on our doorsteps, we have some work to do.

Could the government, local schools and businesses be working more collaboratively to ensure there are enough employable candidates for these industries? Is this the way to make sure these regions keep thriving and the people living within them can find lasting careers? From experience, I think it’s been effective for companies within the tech and digital sectors, ourselves included.

I’m not somebody to buy into the doom and gloom of the papers, however, and I’d question whether peaks and troughs like this are normal. It’s very rare you see a line on any graph going upwards on a perfectly straight trajectory.

The SMEs across the UK, whatever region they are in, are the driving force behind this country’s economic growth and stability, and I have absolute confidence that we will continue to work hard to keep this nation and its productivity on the right track. Do you live or work in London, the North East or Yorkshire? What are your thoughts on these statistics?

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