Manchester City Council

Business & investment Manchester Business Survey 2013

Employers are positive about jobs

Manchester City Council undertakes annual business surveys to help shape economic development strategies and improve local services. Surveys are also used to inform employers of business support services available to them and of corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities in Manchester.

The 2013 Manchester Business Survey was conducted as part of a Greater Manchester-wide survey commissioned by Manchester City Council, Rochdale and Trafford Councils, the Business Growth Hub and New Economy.

The purpose was to collect data on current and future economic performance and to identify drivers and barriers to growth across a range of business topics including finance, international trade, innovation, employment, skills and corporate social responsibility.

1,200 businesses were interviewed by BMG Research during December 2013 - January 2014. The survey found encouraging signs of growth with 28% of employers reporting an increase in staff numbers (up from 17% in 2012) and 33% expecting to recruit in the next 12 months (up from 25% in 2012). However, worryingly, fewer employers reported that they were likely to take on apprentices - 22%, down from 34% the previous year.

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For more information, please email Teun van Rooij, Economic Development Unit -


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