Posted on 19 October 2010 by stephenhowarth
Tomorrow sees the long awaited publication of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. It will end months of speculation by setting up where the cuts in government spending will fall and how deep they will be. But what might it all mean for the West Midlands?
To try and answer this question, the Observatory has carried out a number of pieces of work over the last few weeks. These are summarised in a new report published today. Amongst its findings are that:
- An estimated £43 billion as spent on public services in the West Midlands in 2008-09 and the public sector employed nearly half a million people
- More than 80,000 public service jobs could be lost in the West Midlands by 2016
- Up to 300,000 private sector jobs are at risk due to spending cuts, although actual job losses will be lower than that
- The places which will be hardest hit in the short term are those with concentrations of public sector jobs, such as Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Worcester
- In the longer term, some of these places are likely to recover well, but others will continue to suffer because they have weaker economies. Places most vulnerable in the longer term include Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Wyre Forest (Kidderminster)
The report draws on information from a number of other reports published by the Observatory in recent weeks. These include a briefing paper on the local impact of public sector job cuts, a series of projections based on our Policy Assessment Model and a report identifying locations vulnerable to cuts in public sector spending.
Filed under: Data, Economy & Labour Force, Employment, Population & Society, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Tagged: Comprehensive spending review, CSR, cuts, deficit, job cuts, job losses, jobs at risk, private sector jobs, public sector, public sector jobs, Skills, West Midlands | Leave a Comment »
Posted on 18 October 2010 by Gavin Wray
In advance of the government’s spending review announcement on Wednesday 20 October, the BBC Politics Show West Midlands discussed the impact of public sector job losses in the West Midlands.
They interviewed Andy Phillips, Head of Skills Research at the Observatory, and featured our recent briefing paper which examines the local impact of public sector job cuts (pdf, 351kb).
The story is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for the next six days.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Employment, Population & Society, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, Research, Skills, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Tagged: BBC Politics Show, CSR, public sector, spending review, unemployment, West Midlands, WMRO | Leave a Comment »
Posted on 15 April 2009 by Brian MacAulay
Speaking at the Observatory’s innovation workshop, Prof. Adrian Cole from Birmingham City University outlined that the processes and drivers which enable innovation within the public and private (commercial) sectors have significant differences.
Adrian recognised that, while within the UK there has been a strong tradition of public sector innovation both at national and regional levels, some key challenges remain that need to be addressed in order to accelerate the innovation performance within the public sector.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Events, Innovation, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, State of the Region | Tagged: Adrian Cole, Birmingham City University, Innovation, public sector | 1 Comment »
Posted on 27 November 2008 by Stuart Onyeche
In recent days, the findings of a report by the Financial Times into the distribution of employment between the Public and Private Sectors, with particular reference to the West Midlands, has been further commented on in reports by a number of other national papers.
The primary findings of the report were that between 1998 and 2006, 1.3 million of the 2.2 million jobs created in the UK (hence approximately 60%) were in the Public Sector.
Filed under: Data, Research, West Midlands | Tagged: employment, Financial Times, ONS, private sector, public sector | Leave a Comment »