Jobs growth shows changing face of work

The London jobs market has grown by 28% in 30 years. In that time London has seen a massive expansion in professional roles and the collapse of manufacturing.

commuters street copyThere are an estimated 5.3 million people working in London, up from 4.1 million in 1984. The proportion of residents to out of town commuters is not shown in the London workforce sectors data from the GLA, which covers 1984 to 2013.

In 1984 manufacturing accounted for 11% of the jobs in London and was the biggest sector of the workforce. By 2013 it was just 2% of the workforce, and had seen a fall in job numbers of 74%.

Meanwhile the expansion of the professional, scientific and technical sector has seen 500,000 new jobs created. This sector includes jobs in real estate and shows an overall growth of more than 150%. Construction in the same period grew by just 20%.

Other big growth sectors underline the changing nature of the workplace. Information and communication roles grew by 85% while admin and support jobs more than doubled.

Sectors that have shrunk include those covering the public sector, down by 21% and transport and storage, which has fallen by 12.6%.


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