Worcestershire is strengthening its reputation as a key technology location, with the UK’s fastest growing workforce in terms of productivity and higher level skills.
Worcestershire’s growing workforce skills is just one of the key factors that are enabling local businesses to innovate. Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest 2017 report shows that Worcestershire has once again achieved the strongest growth nationally in higher level workforce skills over a 6-year period, most recently between 2010-15. The county and its businesses benefit from access to a highly qualified workforce, with 39.4% of individuals qualified to at least degree level, higher than the national and West Midlands region. Not only is Worcestershire’s workforce highly skilled, it is also incredibly productive. The most recent figures by Office for National Statistics show that the county achieved the highest growth in productivity in England, between 2010 and 2015.
It is this skilled and productive workforce, combined with an exceptional digital infrastructure and ideal central business location that is unlocking the county’s rapid business growth. Tech Nation’s 2017 report found that cyber businesses’ second most valued advantage of working in Worcestershire is the fantastic sector growth potential that is available to them. It’s no wonder why a number of major companies have already located Head Offices in Worcestershire, including Yamazaki Mazak, GKN, Halfords Group, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Worcester Bosch Group, Morgan Motor Company and QinetiQ to name a few.