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.... or more accurately, how Birmingham is likely to experience a major swing away from manufacturing in favour of service industries over the next decade.

I wont reproduce the entire article from the BP - but this is the gist, highly abridged.


Manufacturing: -25,000
Energy and Water: -1,200
Construction: +2,900
Retail: +9,500
Wholesaling: +14,100
Hotels and Catering: +3,500
Transport: +2,300
Financial Services: +3,500
Professional Services: +20,500
Computer Services: +22,300
Public Services: +10,800
Other Services: +5,000

Total new jobs: +83,100

(*assumes development of Arena Central and Paradise Circus go ahead)

source - The Birmingham Strategic Partnership via the Birmingham Post

The most important question troubling the BSP is simple enough: who in 2015 will have the necessary skills to exploit a changing Birmingham economy?...

...How many of today's school leavers can snap up white collar jobs in, say, the professional services sector?

The B'ham and Solihull Employment Strategy Group assesment is grim:

- Unemployment is above 20 per cent in Aston, Lozells, East Handsworth, Nechells, Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath.

- Unemployment among Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups is 65 per cent(!)

- Seven per cent of the working population in Birmingham are claiming incapacity benefit.

- Over sixty percent of those claiming income support have no recognised qualifications.

- The number of 16-19 year-olds not in education, training or employment in Birmingham and Solihull was 5,600 in January 2005.

The BSP identifies seven key sites capable of generating 31,500 jobs by 2015.

- The QE Super Hospital.
- IMI Witton
- Birmingham Airport
- The NEC
- Chelmsley Wood Town
- The M42 Business Parks
- Eastside

The BSP has adopted a ten-year economic strategy drawn up by the city council, the Learning and Skills council and the Chamber of Commerce. It's assesment is upbeat:

'...Between 1991 and 2001 Birmingham's employment growth was below the national average, but if the current pace of development investment continues the sub-region's future employment growth will exceed that of the UK.'

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Further to the job creation article - Locate in Birmingham produced a very interesting document titled "Development Monitoring Schedule" for April 2005 which highlights completed schemes from 2001 to 2004 and the new developments planned, or with planning applications.
Reveals that the opportunities for jobs are far reaching and the impetus on regenerating increasing. Exciting plans seem to be coming together.
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