Birmingham and Solihull

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Nearly 25% of jobs in Greater Birmingham and Solihull are in Public Admin, Education and Healthcare.

Birmingham City Council is one of the largest public admin employers in the UK and a wide range of hospitals, universities and colleges mean that Birmingham and Solihull still retain many public sector jobs despite recent cutbacks.

Nearly 22% of jobs are in Finance and Business.

Jobs in finance and businessThe Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone will create 40,000 new jobs, adding £2 billion a year to the economy. It comprises 26 sites across the city centre focused on the business and financial services, Information and Communication Technology, creative industries and digital media sectors. There have been recent investments in the city centre by Deutsche Bank and HSBC. 

HS2 is forecast to bring around 8,600 jobs as a direct result of HS2 at the proposed station sites and maintenance depo with the potential for a further 22,000 new jobs in the West Midlands.

More than 11% of jobs are still in manufacturing (over 100,000 jobs).


Other job opportunities are opening up in Cultural and Creative Industries.

  • The BBC has located its BBC Three base in Birmingham, alongside a hub for its proposed partnerships with local newspapers.
  • Birmingham City University’s (BCU) STEAMHouse project should transform the former Typhoo Tea Factory, harnessing the power of the creative and cultural sector, to create up to 10,000 jobs.

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