Northern cities and towns shedding jobs as London booms


The UK’s economic recovery is widening the gap between London and other towns and cities, with almost 10 times more jobs being created in the capital than the next best area, a new report has warned.

Research by the Centre for Cities think-tank revealed that London accounted for 80 per cent of national private sector employment growth between 2010 and 2012.

In contrast, many northern areas have seen huge losses in both private and public sectors.

Bradford lost nearly 7,000 jobs and Sheffield suffered a net loss of nearly 5,000 posts.

Although Leeds saw 4,200 private sector jobs created, it lost nearly 5,000 in the public sector.

For every public sector job created in the capital, two were lost in other cities, the study found.

In the two years to 2012, there were 216,000 private sector and 66,300 public sector jobs created in London, compared with losses of 7,800 and 6,800 in Glasgow.

The report said: “London remains the UK’s economic power house and is pivotal to the UK’s future success.”

Its chief executive Alexandra Jones said: “The gap between London and other UK cities is widening and we are failing to make the most of cities’ economic potential.

“Devolving more funding and powers to UK cities so they can generate more of their own income and play to their different strengths will be critical to ensuring this is a sustainable, job-rich recovery.”