Employment change in Southampton city-region

paul spencer

Work, gender and generation event at University of Southampton explores local employment change and the growth of creative industries.

The one-day workshop organised by the Work Futures Research Centre and chaired by Dr Charlie Walker and Dr Suzanne Reimer examined current employment needs in the Southampton city-region and the transformation of labour markets. University of Winchester researcher Paul Spencer who is in residence at The Point in Eastleigh was among the speakers at the event.

On Friday 8th May academics and stakeholders from the private, public and third sectors participated in four panel sessions discussing employment opportunities for young men and women; the expansion of creative industries; the recruitment and retention of social care staff; and the transitions from military to civilian life. The sessions explored the consequences of manufacturing decline and the growth of service sector employment, required skills and training opportunities, the scope and scale of employment initiatives as well as decision making processes in the job seeking process.

Joining Paul Spencer on the panel which focussed on opportunities in the creative industries was Dr Julie Brown from Southampton Solent University and Dr Brian Hracs from the University of Southampton.

Dr Julie Brown provided an overview of key issues around employment and labour for the creative industries sector in the UK; Paul Spencer introduced Hampshire-based case studies of creative hubs including The Point and The Sorting Office in Eastleigh and discussed their role in supporting growth in the creative industries; and Dr Brian Hracs talked about the Southampton city-region’s relationship to London with reference to his research in Canada which has explored the retention of creative talent in Toronto and Halifax.

For more information visit workfutures.southampton.ac.uk.

IMAGE: Paul Spencer speaking at ‘Work, Gender and Generation in the Southampton City-Region: Exploring Local Employment Change’ at University of Southampton.

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