The research that we recently commissioned to
discover the main reason for the digital skills shortage in the
North West and to discover how significantly widening talent search
areas has become a necessity, revealed that the North of England is
in fact on par with the South, despite the common beliefs about a
large North-South divide.
54% of employees surveyed in the report said they would choose
to move to a city in the North if they were given a choice, with
less people (45%) saying they would be willing to relocate to
The North has been growing in popularity as a place to relocate
for a new job, and although London has many employment
opportunities to offer, the volume of people moving North to
Manchester has grown massively in recent years. Ten years ago there
were 78,301 people of this age group living in the city; this has
now increased dramatically to 123,600.
In part, this can be credited to the move of the BBC to
MediaCity in Salford Quays in 2013, where 2,300 BBC staff members
were relocated. This development has brought excitement and growth
to this area, which has experienced expansion in production,
technology development, training, and digital media skills.
The North, and specifically Manchester, has the talent and
creativity, as well as the supply chain and infrastructure, to
encourage further expansion, and with fantastic transport links to
the other major cities in the country, the city has all the right
qualities to continue to develop and grow. Manchester, when
it comes to the digital industry, has exceeded all other European
cities in investing in its digital and creative sector, with a huge
£3.5 billion being spent on building an exciting creative hub in
the North West of England.
Read the full report here: