Northern and Midlands towns with sprawling warehouse distribution centres have emerged as the places in Britain with the strongest growth in job opportunities as the economy exits lockdown. Internet sales accelerated during lockdown while nonessential shops were closed, fuelling the construction of vast warehouses on the outskirts of towns and cities dotted across the motorway network. map In contrast, towns and cities with a higher mix of hospitality, food and drink and tourism are lagging behind. […] At the top end of the table, the study of 63 cities and large towns found that job postings now exceeded pre-pandemic levels in nine locations, led by Barnsley, with a 21% rise in the number of job ads tracked. […] Elena Magrini, a senior analyst at the Centre for Cities, said that although there was growth in the number of job vacancies, many towns in the north and Midlands were still struggling.
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