In a new Institute for Public Policy Research paper published this week (Monday 23 July), Ioannis Kaplanis examines the geographical pattern 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 these new jobs as well as their number. Although the average quality of jobs in the UK has increased overall, existing evidence suggests that polarisation of employment has emerged in Britain in recent decades.
The Geography of Employment Polarisation in Britain looks at the growth in the number of high paid and low paid jobs relative to middle ranking occupations, reviewing the different methodological approaches to and the existing evidence on job polarisation. It is the first piece of empirical research to look at this specific issue.
Ioannis Kaplanis, is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.
Click here to download the full paper (PDF)
25 July 2007