Northern Powerhouse could lead to 850,000 new jobs

The Northern Powerhouse Independent Review has said that 850,000 new jobs could be available in the north of England because of the Northern Powerhouse devolution programme.

Published on 30 June, the review claims that job potential is reliant upon the correct investment, focus and infrastructure improvements, all of which can be categorised into four sectors: advanced manufacturing, digital development, health and energy.

John Cridland, chair of Transport North, said: “Central to powering the North’s future economy will be an efficient high capacity transport network capable of fully mobilising the workforce between the North’s key economic heartlands.

“The review clearly identifies that such a network must be tailored and shaped to recognise emerging and sustainable strengths whilst acknowledging that many Northern jobs are in other service sector businesses on every Northern high street. In addition to this, improved education will also be vital in northern schools to give young people the chance to go for better jobs using the improved transport links we are delivering.”