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The changing geography of producer services employment in Britain

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Gillespie


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This paper examines the changing geography of producer services employment in Britain between 1971 and 1981 using data from the Census of Employment. The study begins with a review of alternative views on the service sector and its relationship to economic growth, and the place of producer services within the division of labour is described. It is shown that there is a pronounced urban and regional differentiation in producer services employment. Factors operating to increase the concentration of such employment are indentified, as are counteracting tendencies favouring deconcentration. Individual producer services industries are shown to display different locational logic, and varying trends of concentration and deconcentration during 1971-81. Overall the maintenance of the spatial concentration of producer services employment in southern Britain, coupled with relative deconcentration within metropolitan regions, means that it is difficult to be optimistic about prospects for producer services in the less favoured regions. The paper concludes with some suggestions for a more positive regional policy with respect to producer services.

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Author(s): Gillespie AE, Green AE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Regional Studies

Year: 1987

Volume: 21

Issue: 5

Pages: 397-411

Print publication date: 01/10/1987

ISSN (print): 0034-3404

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0591

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00343408712331344568


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