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REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) The Humber Labour Market by the Regional Economic Intelligence Unit, Leeds City Council
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Context This report was commissioned by the Humber LEP It aims to provide an up-to-date insights regarding the labour market. The report assesses the demand and supply side challenges facing the labour market using a range of indicators.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Global headlines.. □ China – the official Chinese PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) of Manufacturing showed a reading of 50.4 in November (down from 50.9 in October). This was the first fall in 4 months, prompting the Hang Seng Index to fall from its 10 month high. The 0.5 point fall was attributed to weak new export orders and slow pace of restocking activities. More recent industrial production and retail sales figures suggest that Chinese domestic consumption remains robust. □ Euro-zone – core economic data and the regions PMI still show signs of slow recovery for the Euro- zone. Composite PMI hit a 3 month low at 51.5 in November (51.9 in October). There is still a great deal noise in Euro-zone leading indicators with October industrial production figures in Germany contrasting with leading indicators – the German government reported that industrial production fell by 1.2% in October. □ US economy – US GDP grew at 2.8% in Q3 with growth set top 3% in Q4 fuelled by string consumer spending into the final quarter. □ Japanese economy – October showed a strong recovery for the Japanese economy with both manufacturing and service sectors posting strong figures. Manufacturing PMI saw a rise to 54.2 (September 52.5) aided by the fastest growth in output in 46 months and a 4 year high in new orders. More recent official data saw downgrading in Q3 growth to 1.1% (from 1.9%) as the government revised down business investment and inventories contribution to GDP. □ Emerging markets - The emerging markets PMI signalled the strongest rise in output in seven months in October, rising to Manufacturing and Services also registered stronger rates of expansion in October with six and seven month highs respectively. Russia and Brazil posted sharp increases in activity, but India again showed a decline for the fourth consecutive month.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Key global markets growth forecasts… Source: OECD WEO, November 2013 BES in US confirmed that US economy grew at 2.8% in Q – OECD estimate is very accurate Reflection of US growth, the view going forward is that US growth will top 3% in Q softening Into 2014 (as US consumer so pending slows).
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Developed economies…..drivers of growth Source: OECD WEO, November 2013 OBR’s view of growth following Autumn statement more consistent with OECD Estimates, UK growth accelerates in 2014 and OECD has warned about overheating in UK property market given UK’s reliance on domestic consumption. Forecast OBR1.4%2.4%2.2% OECD1.4%2.4%2.5%
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Global business confidence….. □ Global business confidence picked up slightly in October – Euro-zone concerns still weigh on sentiment in the emerging markets. □ German industrial production dropped unexpectedly in October (falling by 1.2%) – this may weigh on the global composite index as we enter November. □ Chinese contribution to overall global business activity levels remains strong with most analysts believing China will post growth of 7.8% in Q4 in part based on official data showing 10% growth in industrial production and 13% growth in retail sales (in November). □ Going into the year end US consumers remain in upbeat mood with Fed data pointing to significant increase in consumer credit to fund car purchases.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) UK macro overview
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Key headlines….. □ Labour Market Update – the ILO employment rate rose to 71.8% in the quarter to September (up 0.3% from the from the April-June quarter). The employment rate is now 0.4 percentage points (pp.) higher than the same time last year – the number of people now in employment was estimated at 29, 950,000 in quarter to September (up by 177,000 in the quarter). □ Unemployment – the headline ILO rate now stands stand at 7.6% having fallen 0.2pp from the previous quarter. The national claimant rate fell to 3.9% in October, falling by 0.1pp in the month and 0.8pp in the year (some 266,500 fewer claimants in the year). □ The Consumer Price Index – inflation in October fell to 2.2% compared to Septembers 2.7%, the lowest level since September The largest contributor to the reduction was the fall in transport costs which was the largest drop since July Fuel prices played the largest part of this decrease, with many supermarkets engaged in a fuel price war. □ GDP – ONS confirmed that the UK economy grew by 0.8% in in the third quarter, following the release of the 2 nd estimate of GDP. The new data confirmed that all major parts of the economy contributed positively to GDP – encouragingly manufacturing output grew by 0.9% in Q3 outperforming the services sector which grew by 0.7%.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) More headlines…… □ October saw the Bank of England MPC voting to holding UK interest rates at 0.5% whilst maintaining the existing quantitative easing programme set at £375bn. The BoE again reiterated its plan to hold the interest rate until unemployment reached 7%. However the forecasted date for this has now been revised from the end of 2016, to the end of □ Mortgage lending figures showed that in October there were a total of 42,808 loans approved by lenders, little changed on the September figures. Mortgage lending is still 33% higher than 12 months ago, due to a number of months showing strong growth in lending figures. The British Bankers Association suggests this could be due to increased caution by lenders after an initial rise in lending. □ ONS house price index dropped slightly in September to from 186 (in August). With seasonal adjustment this equates to stagnation in national house prices between September and August. However ONS did report that house prices are currently at their highest level since record began in □ Public finances improved further in October as the recovering economy and housing market began to boost tax revenues. Net monthly borrowing fell in October to a figure of £8.08bn, down from a figure of £8.24bn a year ago. National debt rose to a total of £1.207tn putting the figure at 75.4% of national GDP. □ UK retail sales fell again in October by 0.7%, following a 0.7% fall in September. This was largely unexpected, with many forecasters expecting an unchanged level of sales. Retail sales are still 1.8% higher than a year ago. Clothing sales were down 2.8%, linked to mild weather conditions putting off many consumers updating the winter wardrobe. The retail sector represents 5% of the UK economy with consumers spending an average of £6.9bn a week. □ The UK total trade deficit was £2.6 billion in October (unchanged from the month prior) following - the deficit on trade in goods was £9.7 billion. The surplus on trade in services was estimated at £7.1 billion in the month. □ New industrial production data by ONS (for October) reported that both production and manufacturing output rose by 0.4% in the month, although mostly as result of domestic demand drivers.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Yorkshire and Humber overview…..
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Yorkshire and Humber headlines….. □ The Yorkshire and Humber economy will grow by up 0.5% this year, with growth accelerating into 2014 (we estimate 2014 growth at up to 1.2%). □ Growth levels in Yorkshire trail the UK average and are somewhat lower in our forecasts than those in London, South East and the East of England (and lower than the North West). □ Employment growth softened this year compared to 2012, but will pick up in 2014 and □ The Yorkshire and Humber headline PMI index softened in November to 56.9 from the high point of 59.0 seen in October (down from September high point). □ The strong growth seen order books in September and October eased in November as the incoming new order index eased to 61.1 (although the rate of expansion still remains very robust – manufacturers reported the strongest growth in new orders). □ The headline ILO unemployment rate remained unchanged in the quarter to September at 9.1% (the rate was 0.1pp lower in the quarter). The rate has hovered in a narrow band throughout 2013 despite strong employment growth, in part reflecting the increase in labour market entrants in the year to September (some 43,000). □ The current headline employment rate in Yorkshire and Humber is estimated at 70.8%, having risen by 0.6pp in the quarter (and by 1pp in the year). Some 33,000 more people were in employment in the quarter and some 53,000 in the year to September. □ ONS Claimant Count showed that there was a further fall in October. Claimant rate fell from 5.3% in September to 5.2%. This shadowed a 0.1pp fall in UK claimant rate from 4.0% to 3.9% in the same period. □ The Y50 index shows that regions top public quoted businesses slightly underperformed the main bourses in the last three months, although with very strong performance from companies in North Yorkshire.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Yorkshire growth in a national context…. □ Wes estimate that Yorkshire and the Humber’s economy grew by grew by 0.35% in □ We are forecasting that regional economy will grow by between 0.3% to 0.5% in □ In 2013 we expect London and the South East to grow most rapidly – with London growing by between 1.2% to 1.5% and the South East growing by between 1.0% and 1.2%. □ Outside London and the South East the North West, the East of England and the East Midlands will post the highest rates of growth.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Regional employment growth… □ Yorkshire employment growth has fared better (compared to output growth) – with employment growing strongly in 2012 (around 2%), although softening appreciably into 2013 and □ The more robust employment compared to output clearly points falling productivity performance.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Key sectors driving regional growth □ The single largest part of the regional economy is the public sector (health, education and administration) which accounts for 23.6% of Yorkshires output, although going forward this share is set to fall to 22.9% by □ Key sectors likely to very well over next couple of years include professional and business services and wholesale and retail which increase their share of regional output (by 1%) whilst also growing in real terms by 5.1% and 5.6% (respectively).
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Regional business sentiment….. □ The pace of overall activity softened significantly in November – falling to 56.9 in month (from 50.0 the month prior). □ The pace of regional output expansion still remains high by recent historical standards – although the transmission to employer hiring has lagged. □ Manufacturers have reported activity picked in November (due in the main to new domestic orders) whilst service companies reported activity eased slightly. Yorkshire’s strong growth in business activity softened slightly into November. Business sentiment is still very robust
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Employer hiring sentiment…… □ The publication of the November Yorkshire and Humber PMI Employment suggests employment growth softened into November, with index falling to 51. □ The pace of growth remains below that nationally – at 54.3 in November. London and SE have seen very significant expansion in employer hiring in the past 2 months The pace of employer hiring remained unchanged in October following strong growth in September
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Household income and costs… The gap between household spending and disposable income is set to narrow over the next couple of years – from £2.2 billion in 2011 to £456 million in Households will save less as overall income growth remains constrained …that said overall cost of living increases will amongst the lowest in Yorkshire compared to other Regions (some 6.23% between 2013 and 2015)
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Y50 Index….. □ Yorkshire 50 experienced strong growth since August 2012, but in the past two months has suffered a 3pp fall. □ Major contributors of growth came from the 600 Group (19%), Proactis (16%) and the Redhall Group (14%). □ The greatest fall in stock price came from CCP Group falling -76%. NY10 continues strong growth, followed by the FTSE 250 and Y50 The Y50 showed low level contraction this month
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Summary Economic data…… (1) % Change % Change in UK Total Output (GVA) (£bn CVM 2010 prices) 14154%11% Workforce jobs (Thousands) %6% Working age population (Thousands) %7% Total population (Thousands) %7% Household disposable Income (£bn CVM 2010 prices) 12 3%10% Household spending (£bn CVM 2010 prices) 11129%10% ▪ The Humber economy grew by 4% over the last decade. The number of jobs in the economy also grew by 4%. Both indicators underperformed the England average. ▪ Population, income and spending all grew strongly but could not match the national average. Source: Regional Planning Service, Experian 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Summary Economic data (forecast)… (2) % Change% Change in UK Total Output (GVA) (£mn CVM 2009 prices) %26% Workforce jobs (Thousands) %8% Working age population (Thousands) %8% Total population (Thousands) %7% Household disposable Income (£mn CVM 2009 prices) %22% Household spending (£mn CVM 2009 prices) %26% Over the next decade, the local economy is forecast to grow relatively strongly but still lag the national average across all the key indicators shown in the table above. Source: Regional Planning Service, Experian 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Economic Activity in the Humber The economic activity rate remained virtually unchanged in the Humber over the 12 month period to June 2013, compared to a 0.8% increase in England. The number of unemployed fell by 1,400 people but the rate remained unchanged in the Humber. Economic inactivity levels fell marginally in the LEP area. Source: Annual population Survey, NOMIS, ONS June month change Number% %England % Economic Activity Economic activity rate - aged , Employment rate - aged , , Unemployment rate - aged , , Economic Inactivity % who are economically inactive - aged , , % of economically inactive who want a job 28, , % of economically inactive who do not want a job 105, ,
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Employment and Specialisation by Sector in the Humber * These figures exclude farm agriculture (SIC subclass 01000). Source: BRES via NOMIS. Broad SectorEmployment LQ% share Manufacturing 56, % Health 55, % Retail 38, % Education 33, % Business administration & support services 24, % Public administration & defence 23, % Transport & storage (inc postal) 21, % Accommodation & food services 20, % Construction 19, % Professional, scientific & technical 15, % Arts, entertainment, recreation & other services 13, % Wholesale 13, % Motor trades 7, % Information & communication 6, % Mining, quarrying & utilities 4, % Property 3, % Financial & insurance 3, % Agriculture, forestry & fishing* % Manufacturing, health and retail are the biggest employers in the Humber The area has key specialisms in manufacturing and is thus over-represented in that sector compared to the rest of England.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Employment and Specialisation by Sector in Humber According the Business Register and Employment (BRES) survey conducted by ONS, the manufacturing sector is the largest in the Humber in employment terms. It employs over 56,000 people, representing 16% of the workforce. Health, retail and education also remain very significant, employing 15%, 11% and 9% of the workforce respectively. The Location Quotient technique allows economists to show the extent of specialisation within a given sector or economy. A score higher than 1 denotes a higher degree of specialisation compared to the reference economy, in this case, the UK total. Using this technique it is clear that the Humber economy has strong specialisation in manufacturing, wholesale, motor trades but also in retail, education and construction, albeit to a lesser degree. In manufacturing, Humber has twice and national average of employment, given the size of its workforce.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Top 10 sectors in the Humber ranked by specialisation Source: BRES via NOMIS. EmploymentLQ Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 1, Fishing and aquaculture Manufacture of basic metals 4, Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products 5, Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 2, Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 1, Manufacture of food products 12, Water transport Manufacture of paper and paper products 1, Manufacture of furniture 2, The Humber economy has 11 times the national employment in the manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products, relative to its economy. This points to incredibly high levels of specialisation within this sector. High levels of specialisation also exists in other manufacturing sub-sectors like basic metals, chemicals, wood, pharmaceuticals, food products and water transport.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Forecast change in population in the Humber, The 0-10 population in the Humber is projected to grow by 8% over the next decade. This is half the England growth rate. In absolute terms, the 0-10 year group is projected to grow by almost 9,000. The year group is projected to shrink by 7%, equivalent to over 7,000 people. In England this year group is forecast to shrink by 3%. The over 60 group is projected to increase by 17% in the Humber, similar to the England average (18%). This is the equivalent of 38,000 people in the Humber. Source: ONS Sub-national Population Projections
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Qualifications of the Economically Active (16-64) Population in the Humber (%), The proportion of the Humber population with NVQ4 or equivalent, rose slightly to 29% in This represents an increase of 5,300 people. In general, the proportion with no or NVQ1 qualifications has fallen, whilst those with NVQ2, NVQ3 and NVQ4+ has risen. Source: Annual Population survey, NOMIS, 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Comparing qualification levels in the Humber with and England, 2012 Compared to England, the Humber has a much lower proportion of highly skilled residents. The sub region is over represented in terms of low skills and under represented with regards to high skills. The high skills gap with England has actually increased in recent years. In 2010 the gap was 7.6% but by 2012 this had risen to 9.2%. Source: ONS/NOMIS, 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Comparing NVQ4+ qualifications levels in the Humber with other Yorkshire LEP areas and England It is clear from the graph above that the Humber has the lowest proportion of highly skilled residents when compared to the other Yorkshire LEPs. Source: ONS/NOMIS, 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Youth Unemployment in the Humber The youth unemployment rate in the Humber was 28% as at June This was much higher than the England average of 21%. More than one-third of male year olds are unemployed in the Humber compared to 23% nationally. Source: ONS/NOMIS, 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Despite recent falls, the NEET rate in Hull is still very high. By the end of 2012, it was 6.3%, 4 percentage points above the regional average. East riding on the other hand recorded, a NEET rate of only 3.9%, matching North Yorkshire as the lowest rate in Yorkshire. Source: The Department For Education, year old NEETs in the Humber (%)
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) 5+ A*-C grades including English & Mathematics GCSEs (%) Of the four districts in the Humber LEP area, only NE Lincs achieved higher than national average results in Achievement in Hull is almost 12 percentage points below the England average even though the district has improved consistently over the last few years. Source: Department for Education East Riding of Yorkshire Kingston Upon Hull North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire England
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) HE Enrolment in the Humber Source: HESA Subject area2011/122010/11 Mathematical sciences410 Mass communications & documentation Medicine & dentistry Engineering & technology Computer science Law Creative arts & design Historical & philosophical studies1, Physical sciences1,1261,053 Languages1,5521,365 Biological sciences1,8951,906 Social studies2,1302,079 Subjects allied to medicine2,2062,199 Education2,2252,311 Business & administrative studies3,5393,550 Combined4,1254,282 Total23,31423,321
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Forecast Change in LCR Skills Profile, According to the Working Futures Series, published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Skills profile of the Humber will change significantly by The proportion of people with no or low skills is forecast to reduce whilst those with higher skills are forecast to increase. Source: UKCES Working Futures Series
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Changing Occupation profile in the Humber, The occupational profile is also projected to change significantly over the next decade. Higher skill occupation are forecast to grow at the expense of low skill roles. High contact occupations like sales and caring are also forecast to grow. Source: UKCES Working Futures Series
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) GVA by Sector, In GVA terms Real estate, Education and Health are the largest sectors in the Humber economy. Only three of the 38 sectors are forecast to shrink over the medium term. Source: Regional Planning Service, Experian 2014 Sector % ChangeSector % Change Real Estate 1,1865% Non-Metallic Products 31012% Education 1,0621% Construction of Buildings 2857% Health 9954% Finance 2581% Retail 9659% Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 2442% Wholesale 94810% Other Manufacturing 2319% Land Transport, Storage & Post 8604% Recreation 19410% Food, Drink & Tobacco 7295% Other Private Services 176-1% Administrative & Supportive Services 71310% Civil Engineering 17130% Public Administration & Defence 6832% Machinery & Equipment 1354% Utilities 5395% Wood & Paper 1330% Professional Services 4879% Computing & Information Services 1058% Metal Products 4734% Telecoms 944% Transport Equipment 4609% Computer & Electronic Products 9314% Fuel Refining 434-9% Media Activities 752% Specialised Construction Activities 3959% Printing and Recorded Media 644% Residential Care & Social Work 3602% Air & Water Transport 378% Pharmaceuticals 35711% Textiles & Clothing 19-37% Accommodation & Food Services 3466% Insurance & Pensions 58% Chemicals 3171% Extraction & Mining 32%
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) FTE Employment in the Humber, by Sector In FTE employment terms, Retail, land transport, storage and post and health are the largest sectors in the Humber. 12 of the 38 sectors shown above are forecast to shrink significantly over the medium term. Source: Regional Planning Service, Experian 2013 Sector % ChangeSector % Change Retail 30,7405% Other Private Services 4,0402% Land Transport, Storage & Post 27,4302% Construction of Buildings 3,9707% Education 26,9800% Finance 3,3906% Health 25,0602% Real Estate 2,88013% Administrative & Supportive Services 23,58010% Civil Engineering 2,85015% Wholesale 22,7506% Wood & Paper 2,740-6% Public Administration & Defence 21,020-10% Computing & Information Services 2,6206% Residential Care & Social Work 18,7305% Machinery & Equipment 2,260-10% Accommodation & Food Services 15,7407% Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 2,1701% Professional Services 14,9903% Fuel Refining 1,840-7% Food, Drink & Tobacco 13,5102% Pharmaceuticals 1,370-3% Specialised Construction Activities 12,68015% Printing and Recorded Media 1,340-1% Metal Products 11,660-3% Computer & Electronic Products 1,280-4% Transport Equipment 6,5801% Telecoms 1,0602% Non-Metallic Products 6,540-5% Extraction & Mining 880-7% Recreation 5,4908% Media Activities 51012% Other Manufacturing 4,8402% Textiles & Clothing % Utilities 4,2604% Air & Water Transport 3509% Chemicals 4,070-10% Insurance & Pensions 200%
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Sectors Forecast to Expand in FTE terms, Sector FTE Growth Sector FTE Growth Administrative & Supportive Services 2340 Finance 200 Specialised Construction Activities 1940 Computing & Information Services 170 Wholesale 1410 Utilities 150 Retail 1410 Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing 110 Accommodation & Food Services 1180 Other Manufacturing 90 Residential Care & Social Work 850 Other Private Services 90 Land Transport, Storage & Post 650 Education 80 Health 610 Media Activities 60 Professional Services 480 Transport Equipment 60 Recreation 460 Air & Water Transport 30 Civil Engineering 430 Telecoms 20 Real Estate 370 Non-Metallic Products -350 Food, Drink & Tobacco 330 Chemicals -390 Construction of Buildings 270 Public Administration & Defence In expansion demand terms, the Humber economy is forecast to create a net 9,700 FTE jobs by the end of Administrative & supportive services, specialised construction activities, wholesale and retail are forecast to create the most new jobs in the medium term. Public Administration & Defense, chemicals and non-metallic products are forecast to lose the most jobs over the period. Source: Regional Planning Service, Experian
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Total Demand for Labour in the Humber, Expansion Demand 5,200 Replacement Demand 167,806 Net Demand for Labour 173,006 The total demand for labour in any economy is a function of both expansion demand (sectors/occupations actually growing and thus requiring a greater workforce) and replacement demand (the need to replace those in the current workforce due to retirements, relocation, incapacitation. Most analysis and literature focus on expansion demand but replacement demand creates many more opportunities as the table above shows. It is worth considering demand for labour alongside population growth. ONS population projections suggest that the Humber population is forecast to increase by just over 47,000 in the decade to this suggests that the Humber could struggle to met the total demand for labour from its own population unless the economically active population increases dramatically and more residents are brought into the labour market. Source: Working Futures, UKCES
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Replacement demand in the Humber, by Qualifications, Even though total employment is forecast to increase by about 5,200, the total requirement for labour is projected to be over 173,000. Source: Working Futures, UKCES, 2012 QCF group Base year levelChange Projected level Replacement Demand Total requirement QCF 7-826,82919,13145,96010,86930,000 QCF 4-686,20917,792104,00234,92652,718 QCF 387,582-8,02379,55935,48227,459 QCF 292,2096,13298,34137,35743,489 QCF 177,856-8,09469,76231,54223,448 No Qualifications43,514-21,73821,77617,629-4,109 Total414,2005,200419,400167,806173,006
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Demand for labour in the Humber, Source: Working Futures, UKCES, 2012
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Occupation Structure in the Humber compared to England, The Humber is well represented in terms of the proportion of the workforce who are managers, directors and senior officials. However, the LEP area is significantly underrepresented in terms of professional occupations. The proportion of the workforce in elementary occupations has fallen from 14% to 12% over the last four years, closer to the England average (11%). Source: ONS/NOMIS, 2013
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Conclusions…..(1) Over the last decade, the Humber economy lagged the national average in terms of GVA, job creation and population growth. The Humber economy has strong specialisation in manufacturing, health, retail and construction. In manufacturing, the sub-region has twice and national average of employment, given the size of its workforce. The percentage of the economically active in the Humber who are unemployed but want a job increased by 1.4% over the last 12 months compared to 0.4% in England as a whole. This is positive, provided enough jobs are created to satisfy this demand. The manufacturing sector is the largest employer in the Humber with 16% of the workforce. Financial services and insurance and professional, scientific and technical services are significantly under- represented in the sub-region. The sub-sectors with the highest specialisation in the Humber are Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products (with 11 times the national average employment), Fishing and aquaculture (6 times the national average), Manufacture of basic metals (5 times the national average) and Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products (with 4 times the national average). In the last few years, the proportion of the Humber population with high skills has risen whiles the proportion with low or no skills has fallen. This is positive news. However the rate of improvement lags the national average and that of other LEP areas in Yorkshire.
REIU (Regional Economic Intelligence Unit) Conclusions…..(2) Projections from UKCES suggest that the proportion of low skills workers in the Humber will fall over the next decade whiles the proportion of high skilled people rises. The Humber economy is forecast to create a net 9,700 FTE jobs by the end of 2017, mainly from Administrative & supportive services, specialised construction activities, wholesale and retail. According to the Working Futures Series published by UKCES, the Humber economy will create 168,000 job opportunities in the period to 2020 due to replacement demand. This is vital for the Humber economy as it ensures that employment opportunities will be available as long as there are people with the requisite skills. However, given that the sub-region’s projected population growth rate is below average, it is possible that increased in-migration might be needed to fill these positions unless the economically active population increases dramatically over the next decade. By the end of 2012, the NEET rate in Hull was 10% compared to 4% in East Riding and 6% in Yorkshire and Humber a whole. Such relatively high NEET levels, have bedeviled Hull for many years although the recent economic downturn has exacerbated it.
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