Better jobs target

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 – 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 Apr20-Mar21, employment in 'better jobs' had increased by 72,200.  This was equivalent to 121% of the net growth in employment in all occupations (59,500), highlighting that the increase in employment in 'better jobs' happened at the same time as an overall decrease in employment in jobs with other occupation types in the North East.

Note: The latest data covers a 12-month period impacted by the effects of Covid-19 on the economy. Furloughed workers are usually classified as employed in these statistics. Despite this, the latest better jobs employment total was over 12,000 lower than in the Jan20-Dec20 12 month period.

Employment in ‘better jobs’ in the North East LEP area since 2014

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Source: Annual Population Survey - Workplace Analysis  [Nomis, last updated 14 Sep 2021]

Data information: "Better jobs" defined as those in three broad occupation groups: managerial; professional; associate professional and technical. Geography: North East LEP area