Yorkshire fastest among UK regions for job creation in November

12 December 2017

Companies in Yorkshire and the Humber created jobs at one of the fastest paces in the UK in November, according to the latest Lloyds Bank Regional PMI report.

The rate of employment growth from the region’s companies was matched only by the East of England, as Yorkshire firms hired additional staff for the fifteenth month running.

The Yorkshire and Humber PMI registered at 54.9 in November, down from 57.0 in October and the lowest reading for 12 months. A reading above 50 shows growth in the total value of goods and services produced, whereas a reading below indicates decline.

Businesses recorded a rise in new orders, linking this to competitiveness in export markets and marketing campaigns. But the pace of expansion showed little improvement from October’s 11-month low.

The Lloyds Bank Regional PMI, or Purchasing Managers’ Index, is an economic health-check of the UK regions. It’s based on responses from manufacturers and services businesses about the amount of goods and services produced during November compared with a month earlier.

Leigh Taylor, regional director for Yorkshire at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Yorkshire and the Humber maintained its position as one of the UK’s main hot spots for job creation in November, with firms expanding as they look to take advantage of new business opportunities.

“The region has generally outperformed the UK as a whole throughout the year so far; however, this was the first month that business activity growth was in line with the national average and firms must now look for new ways to gain an advantage.”

Bdaily Nick Hill