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Geography of Poor Skills and Access to Work

This project aims to provide new and detailed insights into the geography of poor skills and access to work using workplace and residence-based information on the profile of employment and the non-employed from the Census. The objectives are to:

1) Investigate changes in the geography and occupational profile of jobs, 1991-2001.

2) Examine the spatial distribution of the employed (by broad occupation), unemployed and inactive in 2001 and 1991.

3) Trace the main continuities and changes in the spatial distribution and concentration of the employed (by broad occupation), unemployed and inactive, 1991-2001.

4) Identify patterns of economic activity in local areas excluded from recent job growth.

5) Use new variables available in the 2001 Census on qualifications and time since last employment to examine the spatial distribution and economic position of people with no/poor skills and those unable to re-enter employment after job loss.

6) Examine the commuting patterns of those in less skilled occupations compared with higher skilled occupations.

7) Derive measures of access to jobs for those with different skill levels in different types of area.

Project Manager: Anne Green, David Owen (CRER)

Sponsor: Joseph Rowntree Foundation