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The Geography of Employment Polarisation in Britain


The Geography of Employment Polarisation in Britain

In the last quarter of 2006, employment in the UK reached a record high of over 29 million. But it is important to consider the quality of the new jobs that have been created, as well as their number. Although the average quality of jobs in the UK has increased overall, recent evidence suggests that polarisation of employment has emerged in Britain in recent decades – there has been a growth in the number of high-paid and low-paid jobs relative to middle-ranking occupations. This paper examines the geographical pattern of employment polarisation across the British regions – and is the first piece of empirical research to look at this specific issue. By Ioannis Kaplanis, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics.


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