Crawley has had a higher increase in the number of jobs than anywhere else in the UK over the past century, according to a study of the UK’s economy.
The Centre for Cities report, called A Century of Cities, demonstrates how the number of jobs in Crawley increased from 21,474 in 1911 to 149,919 in 2013 – a rise of almost 600 per cent.
The report also shows that Crawley has an increasingly knowledge-based economy, moving away from lower-skilled and lower paid jobs, and that almost a third of residents hold a degree.
In 1911, 26 per cent of Crawley residents were employed in manufacturing.
In 2013, 16 per cent of jobs in the town were in private sector ‘knowledge intensive business services’, which places Crawley in the UK top 10.
The report states: “Crawley has benefited from a great deal of infrastructure investment through its new town designation, while it has had a very small industrial legacy to deal with.
“The large infrastructure investment is likely to have increased its attractiveness as places to do business.”
Cllr Peter Smith, Crawley Borough Council Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “This fascinating report demonstrates the huge expansion of both Crawley as a town and its economy over the past 100 years.
“More importantly, it validates what we have been doing to support our economy, attract investment and promote our key employment areas.
“Our excellent transport links, established business community and areas like the Manor Royal Business District are all reasons why Crawley is a great place to do business.”
“This fascinating report demonstrates the huge expansion of both Crawley as a town and its economy over the past 100 years.”Cllr Peter Smith
Centre for Cities focuses on the UK’s 64 largest towns and cities, known as primary urban areas (PUA), for its reports. The Crawley PUA is made up of the local authority areas of Crawley and Reigate and Banstead. The report can be found at www.centreforcities.org