Unemployment in the West Midlands

39279232_lA recent report has found that employment in Britain is at an all-time high since 2008. With a record number of people in work over the last seven years, more people than ever before are securing their ideal job placements.

Despite this steady rate of growth across the nation, the West Midlands remains a region of high unemployment. Between June and August of 2015 there were some 165,000 people out of work in the area. But in a location that has so much to offer, such as its thriving gaming industry and burgeoning logistics, supply chain and technical sectors, why is the rate of employment so low? And why, despite all of the promise that this region has to offer, does the West Midlands remain the worst place in the country to earn a decent wage? With over 115,000 workers earning below the living wage threshold, the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas isn’t quite painting the picture of prosperity and opportunity which we know exists within the region.

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How Birmingham is Supporting Women in STEM

41918891_lSkills shortages in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries is reported to cost the UK economy up to £27bn a year, with the engineering industry alone producing 36,000 fewer engineers every year than what it needs.

Although this problem spans across the country, the Midlands in particular is suffering from a STEM skills shortage with reports in 2013 stating that firms had to recruit workers from overseas to fill hundreds of vacancies.

There are a number of factors to blame, but the issue of gender imbalance in STEM roles is something that, if properly addressed, would go a long way in solving this skills shortage.

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The Rise of the Millennial Nomad

Blog-Image---1Once upon a time, remote working or telecommuting used to be a term that applied to sales roles based on the road or from home. However, thanks to the digital age, this is no longer the case. Step forward, the Millennial Nomad.

Millennial Nomad is the term used to describe those aged 18 to 34 who are taking the concept of work-life balance and flexible working to a whole new level. The availability of Wi-Fi coupled with the rise in mobile devices means that workers in a whole host of sectors no longer require a set office base and Millennials are certainly taking advantage of it.

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