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Workspace to Meet the Needs of Micro and Small Businesses in Devon

Technology, transport costs and quality of life factors are fundamentally changing the way we work. Whilst the ‘traditional’ office space, hours of work and commuting continue to dominate our working practices, it is evident that growing numbers of people are pursuing a different approach to work – an approach that provides more freedom, greater choice and potentially greater benefits for communities, the environment and for economic performance.

August 2010 – Playing the Waiting Game

For the fifth consecutive month there has been a decrease in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Devon. The number of people claiming JSA fell in August to 8,269; the decrease however only represents a 0.28% decrease from the previous month showing very little change which follows the national trend. When comparing figures to the same period last year, a more positive position is shown. There has been a substantial decrease in the number of people across Devon claiming JSA, from 10,387 claimants in July 2009 to 8,269 in July 2010, equating to an approximate 20% decrease year on year, indicating the continued recovery of the Devon economy.

Devon Population Estimates and Forecasts

The mid-2008 population estimates suggest that the total population of Devon is 754,700. This is an increase of 4,600 (0.6%) from the 2007 estimates. Males account for 49% (368,100) and females 51% (386,600). The average age of someone living in Devon is 43 years.

Work and Skills Analysis - Exeter Heart of Devon

Demographic change has important implications for the UK, regional and sub-regional economies. More than 70% of the UK 2020 working age population is already over the age of 162. The population is ageing, people are working longer, and the numbers of young people are in decline. This will impact on both the size and the skills composition of the future workforce.

Work and Skills Analysis - North Devon

Demographic change has important implications for the UK, regional and sub-regional economies. More than 70% of the UK 2020 working age population is already over the age of 162. The population is ageing, people are working longer, and the numbers of young people are in decline. This will impact on both the size and the skills composition of the future workforce.

Work and Skills Analysis - Plymouth

Established in April 2008, the Plymouth Employment and Skills Board is a business-led board, whose primary function is to identify and articulate local strategic skills priorities and needs and to promote improvements in the levels of skills within the Plymouth workforce in line with economic growth objectives.

Work and Skills Analysis - Torbay & South Devon

Demographic change has important implications for the UK, regional and sub-regional economies. More than 70% of the UK 2020 working age population is already over the age of 162. The population is ageing, people are working longer, and the numbers of young people are in decline. This will impact on both the size and the skills composition of the future workforce.