Stoke-on-Trent’s jobs market has experienced one of the strongest recoveries from the pandemic, new figures have found.
Research carried out by job site Indeed and the Centre for Cities think tank revealed that the Potteries’ jobs market has seen the third strongest recovery in the UK, after recording 17 per cent more job postings on April 9 than it did on February 1 , 2020.
Only Barnsley and Mansfield have seen stronger recoveries among major towns and cities, after recording 21 per cent and 20 per cent increases respectively.
In contrast, Aberdeen has seen the worst recovery – with 53 per cent few job postings, followed by Belfast and Crawley which reported -39 per cent.
Pawel Adrjan, head of EMEA research at Indeed, told StokeonTrentLive : “As hiring activity picks up across the country, it’s clear there is a two-step jobs recovery underway in Britain.
“Cities and towns in the North and Midlands that have been buoyed by rising manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and education jobs. But at the same time, areas reliant on hospitality, tourism and higher paying jobs that can be performed from home have seen only sluggish growth.
“Just nine urban areas out of 63 have back above their pre-pandemic level and, while the partial reopening of the economy earlier this month rode to the rescue of many businesses and workers, our research shows that it alone was not enough to lift ailing area’s jobs levels significantly.
“We’ve seen how quickly the jobs market reacts to policy and public health announcements and policy makers will hope the eventual unwinding of Covid-19 restrictions will help level up the jobs recovery.”
Elena Magrini, senior analyst at the Centre for Cities, added: “Not everywhere is seeing yet the beginnings of post-pandemic recovery. Places reliant on tourism, aviation and office workers have been particularly hard hit and still have high shares of people who are unemployed or on furlough.
“Despite this, we have reasons to be optimistic, particularly given the pace of the recovery in the North and Midlands. Once we have reopened the economy, policy makers need to focus on building back better – growing the economy by creating better paid, higher skilled jobs for people right across the country.”
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, says the research shows that the city is ‘powering up again.’
She said: “Before Covid-19, Stoke-on-Trent was undergoing the most significant transformation in its economic fortunes it has experienced for over 30 years. Having been among the fastest local economies to rebound from the last recession, the city had continued to outstrip swathes of the UK in terms of economic growth, job creation and innovation.
“Our small but mighty city is yet again leading the way in our country’s recovery from the coronavirus. When lockdown restrictions eased last summer, it was our high streets that bounced back more swiftly than other major cities, with higher footfall and higher spend than areas across the region.
“It’s fantastic to see Stoke-on-Trent businesses recruiting at the third highest rate in Britain.”
“Stoke-on-Trent is well and truly powering up again, and we already have plans in place to lift the city out of lockdown, focusing on transport, economic development, education and skills, and health and productivity.”