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The City of London’s economic research programme provides analysis into current issues affecting the City - blogs from us, our contributors and partners
Interests: London, The City, economy, infrastructure, competitiveness, emerging markets, corporate responsibility, social investment, environment, London’s communities, financial and professional services, regulation, taxation, Europe, economic analysis
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By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In discussions about prosperity there is an increasing focus on social mobility, particularly on the career barriers faced by workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. It’s still the case that recruitment by many large, high-profile firms is slanted towards those who... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at City of London Economic Research
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office Last week (4/07/17), Edouard Philippe, the French prime minister, outlined a series of measures to attract international businesses to Paris, with the aim of making the city the “number one financial centre in Europe after Brexit”. These measures... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Last night (5/07/17), the Lord Mayor hosted an annual dinner for HM judges at Mansion House. The dinner is an opportunity to recognise the world-renowned status of UK judges and the huge contribution this profession makes to the UK... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Edward Clarke, Research Manager in the Economic Development Office Following the vote to leave the EU a year ago, observers have been concerned as to how this will impact on London’s role as the financial services centre for Europe and, by most measures, the world. So what can the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Hui Chai and Adar Schneider, Urban Economic Development, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London The previous blog of this two-part piece looked at the value of shared workspaces to businesses; this week’s post will focus on the support provided by other major cities to develop shared workspaces,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Hui Chai and Adar Schneider, Urban Economic Development, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London With the rise of agile working and increased mobility in the modern economy, the spaces people work in are quickly changing. Our research looked into shared workspaces in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Last week (11/05/17), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published new data estimating the value of service exports by sector across UK regions and countries. This is the second year that the ONS has produced the experimental dataset, with... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office This week we’ve been looking at the challenges facing the UK financial services industry, and how to identify and scope out new opportunities for trade in international markets. As the leading global financial centre, the UK specialises in the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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Maxine Kennedy, Research Officer in the Economic Development Office This week’s blog looks at the new data on productivity in the UK. What is productivity and why is it important? Productivity, measured as output per worker, per job and per hour, tells us how efficient resources are being used and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Here we present a brief snapshot of London’s working age population, taken from the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data. London’s working-age profile The most recent Annual Population Survey (APS) data show that in December 2016 the total... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation In this article, I've analysed data on the distribution and location of UK firms and jobs in financial services, highlighting how highly concentrated employment is in large firms, and how concentrated financial services clustering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
By Maxine Kennedy, Researcher in the City of London Research Team The tech sector identifies the City of London as having all the ingredients for startup success – talent, capital, superb infrastructure and potential for partnerships with larger corporates – according to a new research report launched at MIPIM, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Last week (17/03/17), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published a new set of data looking at housing affordability across local authorities in England and Wales from 1997 to 2016. This is the first time ONS has published housing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In April this year the Government plans to introduce reforms to apprenticeship funding, with the intention of raising investment in apprenticeships to £2.5bn by 2020 – double the level of 2010 (more on the reforms here). Below we take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team The Government’s recent publication of its Brexit White Paper (02/2017) confirmed their intentions to withdraw the UK from the EU’s Single Market and seek a new customs arrangement and free trade agreement with the trading bloc. While much uncertainty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation London is a thriving city, with recent years having seen strong economic and population growth. Across the next few weeks, we’ll be looking in the blog at some of the data around patterns of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Poverty is one of the most persistent and high profile challenges for policymakers in the capital. Among the most important tools available to help understand the nature of the problem, and how it is changing over time, are the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Maxine Kennedy, Researcher in the City of London Research Team As I’m sure everyone is acutely aware, there was a tube strike this week (9/01/17). With this in mind, I thought it would be relevant to have a look into the data available on the commutes of London’s workforce.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Happy 2017! On my commute into the office since the New Year, I began thinking about one of the most common resolutions people make at the start of any year – the desire to lose weight and stay fit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation Everyone knows that Father Christmas has a momentous task on Christmas Eve – delivering presents to good children across the world. One (not entirely serious) calculation puts this at 822.6 visits per second, assuming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at City of London Economic Research
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By Snehal Sahani, PwC Total Tax Contribution team Yesterday, the City of London Corporation launched its ninth Total Tax Contribution (TTC) study for the financial services sector. This year (2016) the study showed that the taxes paid by financial services have now exceeded the pre financial crisis level. At £71.4bn,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at City of London Economic Research
By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Next year (2017) the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will change the way it measures inflation. The new method, CPIH (Consumer Price Index including Housing), will sit alongside the existing Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is now widely regarded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at City of London Economic Research
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By Maxine Kennedy, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Since the Brexit vote in June (23/06/16), European competitor cities have been seen to ramp up their efforts to attract London based firms to other capital cities. For instance, Berlin is currently running a campaign targeted at the tech... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation Last week (31/10/16) saw the publication by the Living Wage Foundation of the latest London Living Wage (LLW) figures - a recommended voluntary pay rate of £9.75 an hour in London, rising from £9.45... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at City of London Economic Research
By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Earlier this month, the Government started this year's cyber security breaches survey. The survey annually tracks how UK businesses are approaching cyber security and the impact of cyber attacks over the past year. Last year’s survey provided some worrying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at City of London Economic Research