Osborne’s vision for a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ begins to become a reality, according to new data published by recruitment site CV-Library.

The job board’s statistics for the second quarter of the calendar year show that several northern cities are experiencing much higher job growth rates than their southern counterparts.

London remains the central hub for the flexible workforce and permanent employees, with a 17.02% share of all the country’s 391,811 jobs; however, active job growth is considerably higher in cities in the Midlands, North West and Scotland.

Edinburgh accounts for just 0.62% of the UK’s jobs but its job growth has soared by 28.4% in just three months, while Liverpool (16.94%), Birmingham (14.34%), Manchester (9.32%), Leeds (8.73%), Glasgow (8.08%) and Newcastle (5.13%) also feature in the top ten.

This evidence suggests that the new government’s aim to close the job growth gap between the north and south during the next five years could be successful.

CL-Library founder and managing director Lee Biggins said: “There is still a lot that needs to be done to achieve George Osborne’s vision, but it’s encouraging news to see such high job growth rates in the north so early on in the process.”

He added: “With planning projects of such a large scale, the recent news of infrastructure problems in the north and projected budget cuts aren’t surprising. However, our findings suggest that positive results will come from this scheme as we look to the future of job development in the UK.”


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