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Employment and Skills Strategies in England, United Kingdom

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This report delivers evidence-based and practical recommendations on how to better support employment and economic development in England. It builds on sub-national data analysis and consultations with local stakeholders in Nottingham and North Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands as well as Hull and Scarborough in Yorkshire and the Humber. It provides a comparative framework to understand the role of the local level in contributing to more and better quality jobs. The report can help national and local policy makers in England and the UK build effective and sustainable partnerships at the local level, which join-up efforts and achieve stronger outcomes across employment, training, and economic development policies. Co-ordinated policies can help workers find suitable jobs, while also stimulating entrepreneurship and productivity, which increases the quality of life and prosperity within a community as well as throughout the country.

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Executive summary

England (and the rest of the UK) was hit hard by the economic crisis, which had a disproportionate impact on certain groups of people and on certain regions. While unemployment did not rise to levels first feared, concerns about worklessness remain – especially among young people and those with poor skills who face particular challenges in building labour market success. The UK economy has returned to sustained but uneven growth, and there are ongoing concerns about the quality of jobs that are available, the rise of more temporary and precarious work and shrinking incomes as pay rises fail to keep up with inflation. Going forward, it is clear that a policy emphasis on the creation of quality jobs will be a key route towards ensuring that everyone can take advantage of a return to economic growth and its associated opportunities.

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