The world’s most prominent professional network LinkedIn and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have launched a project entitled ‘Greater Creators’ to showcase the many skills and employment opportunities contained in the Greater Manchester region.

The report also marks a first for the UK government, who have never before used LinkedIn data to showcase both technology and digital in education and the working environment.

Matt Hancock, Cabinet Office Minister & Paymaster General, has stated: “Getting the right skills, for the right jobs in the right place is mission critical for a strong economy.”

He added that the research demonstrates how technology and data can be used to create a highly skilled workforce that the potential of it should not be underestimated.

Manchester a popular destination

LinkedIn has revealed that 24,000 members have moved to the region simply to pursue their careers.

The research shows Greater Manchester to be an economic hub and a centre for innovative talent. Over London, Manchester is riding up front on a number of skills including digital marketing, TV and video production, user interface design, game development, writing and publishing, theatre and drama, social media marketing and TV and video production.

Areas boasting the biggest push include camera operation – employers need graduates with these skill sets, making it an area that is likely to hire.

Finding new ways to utilise talent

Commenting on the Greater Creators project, the Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd revealed it is great to explore how expertise and knowledge can be used to improve a region. He added that Manchester is keen to lead the way when it comes to skills provision.

Greater Manchester Lead for Skills, Employment & Worklessness, Councillor Sean Anstee, added: “The report is incredibly positive and helps us to highlight the strength of the city-region’s creative, tech and digital sector and our ability to attract talent and roles from across the North and London.”

The report has helped areas learn of skill gaps, employment trends and growing talent hubs, showcasing the opportunities that are available for any graduates looking to relocate.

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