Following last week’s Summer budget, a survey from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library (www.cv-library.co.uk), further confirms that planned investment in Northern transport and a regional Oyster-style card will drastically increase the number of accessible, skilled workers in the North.
Over 2,100 job hunters responded to the survey, which confirmed the need for improved infrastructure and investment in the Northern Powerhouse, if it is to be a success. Key results revealed:
- Those that drive to work (42.9%) travel for shorter periods of time and are unwilling to increase their commute, compared to those that use trains (13.6%)
- Of those that commute on trains, 69.1% are based in London or the South East, compared to only 13.5% in the North East and West
- The average Londoner spends 40 minutes commuting to work, compared to just 30 minutes in the North West and North East
- However, Londoners that depend on trains are more willing than the rest of the nation to further increase their commute, despite already having the longest commute in the country
- 63.3% of Londoners are happy to further increase their commute to over 50 minutes compared to just 51.9% of workers in the North East and West
- 76% of UK workers that commute on the train are prepared to travel over 50 minutes to work, compared to just 47.6% of those that drive
This data, along with last week’s budget announcement, confirms that a reliable transport infrastructure is essential to achieving a Northern Powerhouse and would lower the barriers currently preventing businesses from attracting skilled workers.
Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library, says:
“A Northern Oyster system forms part of wider requests for transport infrastructure investment in the North of the country and will mean investment is diverted from the capital to other areas of the UK as part of promised decentralisation from our government. Connecting Northern cities and making commutes easier and shorter will improve productivity and enable skilled workers to explore opportunities further afield.
“If a suggested £15bn can be secured in the near future then cross network payment, improved rail and transport links and perhaps mobile payments could become a reality by 2020. Job applications in the north are currently strong, but we believe we would see a significant increase should proposals go ahead.”
CV-Library has over 1.8 million job hunters seeking work in the North, further validating the need to increase job access for both job hunters and hiring businesses.