Town comes top for job growth ahead of cities

0935124e Scarborough from the air - looking over Old Town to South Bay, South Cliff, and Olivers Mount pics Andrew Higgins
0935124e Scarborough from the air - looking over Old Town to South Bay, South Cliff, and Olivers Mount pics Andrew Higgins

Scarborough has come out as one of the top areas in Yorkshire for jobs growth, beating Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Harrogate.

Figures show that over a two-year period, from mid 2010 to mid 2012, the number of private sector jobs in Scarborough rose from 32,018 to 38,068.

The increase of 6,050 positions equates to a 19 per cent hike, much higher than the four per cent rise in Sheffield and two per cent rise in Hull.

Scarborough fared even better compared to Leeds and Harrogate where the number of jobs actually fell by three per cent and ten per cent respectively.

There were only three local authority areas in Yorkshire that topped Scarborough for percentage increase, they were Selby, Hambleton and York.

Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the Scarborough Ambassadors Forum, which works to promote business in the town, said: “We have a whole spectrum of world class businesses in Scarborough, especially in the technology and engineering industry.

“Scarborough is very good at catering for niche markets. We don’t sell the same things as everyone else. Businesses pick their markets carefully and dominating them, meaning they can grow and take on more people.

“I know of many looking to employ even more.”

Top local authorities

In terms of the actual number of extra jobs from mid 2010 to mid 2012 York topped the list with 13,464 more jobs, up from 67,750 to 81,215. Following on from York the top five, based on local authority areas, featured Selby with an increase of 9,529 up to 36,466, Bradford which increased by 8,501 jobs from 161,250, Sheffield which saw an increase of 7,140 to 182,983, and in fifth place Hambleton.

bottom of the scale

A number of areas saw jobs fall, with Leeds being the worst, loosing 7,476 jobs followed by Harrogate with a loss of 6,016.