Distinctive Economics And U.K. People Migration Between The North And South
Making housing even cheaper than at present is not the way to keep professional workers in the north, whatever the short term arguments about attracting inward investment and skills. Professional workers in the north as much as the south need easy mobility, if they are to increase their experience and value both to themselves and to their employers.
An arfticle in this Wednesday’s Business Week has business writer Bill Gleeson pondering the demise of a well-known Liverpool restaurant.
From this Bill Gleeson moves on to consider the need for ‘policies that will allow real points of difference to emerge between the north and the south, the sorts of difference that can work in our [the north’s] favour.’ One of these ways, it is proposed, might be for the Government to introduce policies which make the cost of housing up north fall.
This move would, it is suggested, attract more workers from the south because the quality of life would be better. But how, I wonder, would it make the quality of life of those currently in the north better as well?
Internal U.K. migration needs to be more, not less, equitable
For those of us who live in the north, but have interests and skills which are applicable across most parts of the nation, anything which restricts our mobility is definitely a minus, not a plus. It would be difficult to persuade me that lessening even further the value of my northern (and only) property would be for the common good, let alone in my own financial interests.
On several occasions in the past year or two I have heard speakers say that it’s imperative to keep wages and prices down in the north ‘to attract investment’.
In the short-term there may be an argument of sorts for this position; but as a rule of thumb for inward business it’s surely not only a weak position, but also in many ways downright against the interests of the employment economy and directly antagonistic to those of go-ahead workers already in the north.
Skilled workers need to be mobile
If anyone is serious about developing their skills they need to operate in a free market, at least within their own country. Experience and connections across the nation are invaluable, both to the people directly concerned and to their employers.
Seeking to reduce the mobility of those already in the north is not only detrimental to their personal interests, but will also act as a longer-term deterent to workers from the south who might otherwise be willing to consider northern migration.