LMI Bulletin (Issue 460)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin (Issue 460)

Jobs News

The Inn Collection Group is creating over 300 jobs as part of a recruitment campaign introducing flexible working for staff. In Cumbria alone, the group is offering over 200 full and part-time positions across its inns, which includes The Coniston Inn at Coniston, The Ambleside Inn in Ambleside, The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite and The Swan at Grasmere.(Bdaily)

A new aviation engineering  business at Teesside Airport has said it will be looking for 20 engineers  Willis Asset Management Limited, is now operational from Hangar 1 and Hangar 1A at the airport, which will allow it to house aircraft and parts while carrying out maintenance, storage and disassembly of a wide variety of aircraft. (Bdaily)


NELEP has announced Lucy Winskell OBE as the new Chair of its Board, replacing Andrew Hodgson who stepped down earlier this year. Lucy Winskell is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Employability & Partnerships) at Northumbria University.. 

Changing Jobs
As we keep saying, there is a plethora of data about the labour market as analysts try to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK economy. One of the studies ONS has carried out recently is whether there had been any change in the amount of job changing happening in the first six months of the year. In truth, it hadn't occurred what the normal rate of change is, so this was a helpful piece of work.

The major finding is that so far, the pandemic has so far had little impact on the number of people switching occupations. Around 1 in 16 employees (6.1%) changed occupation in the first half of 2020, compared with 5.7% in the same period last year. However it should be noted that an occupational change is only counted between major SOC categories. Therefore people may be changing job but not occupation. The limited change in occupational switching is likely to reflect the effect of the government's job retention schemes, which encourage an attachment between individuals and a specific job. Occupational switching might therefore become more prevalent as employment support unwinds.  NB - the Job Retension Scheme has changed and from 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages )down from 80%) up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. The scheme is due to finish at the end of October.

The number and share of people in employment classed as self-employed has been increasing for some time. In 2004, there were 3.6 million or 12.7% of people in employment. In 2020, this was nearly 5 million or 15.2%[1].  While we try not to generalise about self-emplyment, there are certain characteristics. For example, you are  much more likely to be male (67%), more likely to be working in banking and finance (1.2 million) and more likely to be over 45.

You are also more likely to be part of a couple - over 68% of self-employed are in a couple household. Thre are also some sectors where self-employment is more likely - agriculture (over 50%) and construction (40%) along with "Households as employers" which is a fraction of the workforce but has 57% as self-employed. This includes households as employers of domestic personnel such as maids, cooks, waiters, valets, butlers, laundresses, gardeners, gatekeepers, stable-lads, chauffeurs, caretakers, governesses, babysitters, tutors, secretaries. It is also more likely that you will be working for yourself - which isn't as obvious as it sounds - most self-employed are not running a business or employing people[2]

There is an expectation that moving into self-employment may increase if as expected unemployment increases.If you want to help someone in the North East then you could start with the North East Enterprise Agency site www.neeal.co.uk/

Where is it hardest to find a job?
This is an article from the Centre for Cities, published in mid-July which feels a long time ago at the moment. However the findings are in a sense quite predictable; it has been as hard to find a job recently in the same places as it has always been.

The report's methodology was to arrive at a value by dividing the number of CVs upload to Indeed during 1st April to 30th June, against the total number of job postings for that area. NB the Centre for Cities uses Primary Urban Areas (PUA) in their analysis of cities rather than just the named local authority - therefore Middlesbrough PUA in this report includes the LAs of Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees and Redcar and Cleveland.

The table below taken from the report shows the top 10 most competitive and 10 least competitive PUAs during that period. 

Centre for Cities Competition for Jobs Table

A limitation (by definition) of the Centre for Cities work is that areas such as County Durham, Cumbria and Hartlepool and Darlington and not included in their analysis. To see the list of cities and links to city factsheets visit www.centreforcities.org/city-by-city/.


  1. ^ ONS Annual Population Survey - figures are for Apr2004 - Mar 2005 and Apr 2019 - Mar 2020  
  2. ^ Data taken from an ONS response to a customer request using data from the Jan2019 - Dec 2019 ONS Annual Population Survey

Bulletin date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 15:15