Inclusive growth means allowing everyone in the Leeds City Region to be able to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of a strong economy and a decent standard of living.
A regional economy that works for everyone
We want everyone to be able to work in ‘good’ jobs, defined by a decent income, fair terms, appropriate flexibility and security, where effort is recognised and people have the opportunity to learn, contribute, progress and work in a safe and healthy environment.
We will achieve this through a ‘more jobs, better jobs’ programme to widen employment, skills, apprenticeships and progression opportunities.
Linked to this is our goal of becoming a ‘NEET-free’ City Region, with all young people in employment, education or training, where graduates and other young people will not need to leave the City Region to find suitable work that utilises their skills.
We believe we can drive economic growth by connecting people to economically viable opportunities, supporting career and work progression and using investment and procurement to drive change, grow local markets and supply chains, and increase productivity.
This new norm, coupled with higher productivity, will raise pay and incomes over time, helping to reduce in-work poverty. More people in good jobs will also have benefits for health, just as improved health will widen the labour pool and enhance productivity.
We will track our progress annually, judging success against the following economic indicators:
- Growth and Productivity: total economic output (GVA) and output per hour worked
- Employment: employment and economic inactivity rates
- Earnings: median incomes and incomes of the bottom 20% of earners
- Skills: % of the working age population with qualifications at degree level or equivalent and the % with five good GCSEs
- Environmental sustainability: CO2 emissions per capita and fuel poverty levels
We will also track progress against wider, equally important goals that cannot be measured in numbers alone, bringing in qualitative evidence and how things are ‘on the ground’. This will look at innovation, the use of technology and digital opportunities, quality of life, quality of place, environment and culture.
Where data allows, we will also monitor the extent of inequalities within a range of headline indicators with a view to these decreasing over time.
Digital businesses in West Yorkshire twice as inclusive as UK average
The first ever report on flexible working in West Yorkshire has found that digital businesses in the region offer double the number of flexible jobs than the national average.
It also revealed that the overall number of jobs advertised as flexible across all sectors in West Yorkshire was nearly 2% higher than the UK average at 13.4% meaning it is well placed to develop an inclusive labour market that creates opportunities for people who may be unable to take up roles with a more traditional working pattern.