Moving in and out of Hull for work
The largest increase in the employment rate in the UK was reported in Yorkshire and Humber according to the latest figures.
The Regional Labour Market Statistics for December 2012 also showed the region had the largest decreases in the unemployment rate although it is noted to that this is ‘partially due to an unusually high estimate for the three months to July 2012’.
The area is on the up and businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire have bonded together with the aim of influencing others to choose the region as ‘a place to invest and do business’.
The Bondholder scheme is a 170 strong network of businesses that have the goal of helping the city to create jobs and wealth.
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So are people moving away for better money and opportunity or is Hull attracting talent inwards?
Pippa Rothery, branch manager at Edwards & Pearce Professional Recruitment in Parliament Street, Hull, said: “This is a difficult one to answer because it very much depends on what `people' do. Hull is receiving a great deal of attention at the moment with the renewables energy sector and will start to attract talent to an area that in some cases still has an unfair image in the media.
“In all parts of the country professionals and career minded individuals will relocate for career advancement so Hull is no different in that some will and some won't. I have had talented candidates relocate to the Hull and East Riding area from all parts of the UK.”
In November, the region showcased what it has to offer to 5,000 delegates from the renewable energy industry at Renewables UK 2012.
Visitors were told how the area is progressing to create one of the world’s largest renewable energy manufacturers.
However nationally, many of us are looking to move abroad for work.
According to Change Recruitment Group’s research, almost a third of workers nationally, 31 per cent, are thinking about working abroad with one in six having plans in place to do so.
When asked where they would be prepared to go, half (50%) said they would happily go and work in emerging markets for the right career opportunity and remuneration.
A further sixth (18%) would consider working in an emerging market, but confessed to having concerns about security issues with some locations.
The same study revealed that a quarter of UK workers (26%) feel that their career has either stood still or gone backwards over the past two years. Whilst two thirds (64%) think that their career would have progressed further had the UK not seen a recession.
Laura Drysdale, Change Recruitment’s international managing director said: “There are significant opportunities, both in established and emerging markets for workers willing to take the plunge. For many, it is not just about the remuneration benefits, but the lifestyle and opportunities to progress careers much faster.
“The tough job market in the UK has certainly peaked interests in moving abroad for many young workers with big ambitions. We are currently seeing demand for candidates in Africa and the Middle East.”