Spatial inequalities in access to good work


This report from UK think tank the Work Foundation looks at spatial inequalities in access to ‘Good Work’.

This paper is concerned with spatial inequalities in access to ‘Good Work’, so highlighting the increased prominence of concerns about the quality of employment. It begins with an historical perspective on the evolving nature of employment and key spatial dimensions of change to set a context for exploring the potential role of place-based policies in enhancing future employment opportunities.

Chiming with Haldane’s assertion about the importance of local factors, the second section looks at spatial disparities in the experience of work, highlighting where and for whom disparities matter most. The third section examines the changing youth labour market as one area to focus in more depth. It considers how geographical factors impinge on the opportunities and outcomes for young people as they enter the labour market, and what this means for their future careers. The paper concludes with a discussion on policy implications, with a particular emphasis on what is critical to enhancing place-based policies future success.

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