Our target to improve the quality of jobs available in North East
The North East Strategic Plan set a target to increase the number of jobs in the North East LEP area by 100,000 between 2014 and 2024. It also set a target that 70% of these will be ‘better jobs’.
Better jobs are defined as jobs in the top three occupational groups – namely managers, directors and senior officials; professional occupations (such as civil engineers and doctors); and associate professional and technical occupations (such as laboratory technicians and graphic designers).
Progress: By June 2020, employment in 'better jobs' had increased by 78,800. This was equivalent to 113% of the net growth in employment in all jobs (69,500), highlighting that the increase in employment in 'better jobs' happened at the same time as an overall slight decrease in employment in jobs with other occupation types in the North East.
Note: The latest data covers a 12-month period to the end of September 2020 and, therefore, almost half of the survey took place in a period prior to the effects of Covid-19 on the economy. People who are temporarily absent from a job with a reasonable expectation of returning to their job after the absence are classified as employed in these statistics. This includes furloughed workers.
Source: Annual Population Survey - Workplace Analysis [Nomis, last updated 26 Jan 2021]
Data information: "Better jobs" defined as those in three broad occupation groups: managerial; professional; associate professional and technical. Geography: North East LEP area