This text offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of the economic geography of the UK for two decades. With contributions by many of the leading academics in the field, it offers a powerful case for exploring the UK economy from a geographical perspective.

Key Features:

  • Investigates a single aspect of the UK economy within each chapter
  • Covers topics including: the uneven development of the UK, the city and finance, government spending, pensions, housing, manufacturing, business services, agriculture, retailing, energy, immigration, and labor market change
  • Demonstrates how the UK economy's fortunes are increasingly shaped by its links to the wider European and global economies

Written for students studying the economic development of the UK, the text offers a vibrant, easy-to-understand analysis of the current and future challenges that face the contemporary UK economy.

New Migrant Divisions of Labour

New Migrant Divisions of Labour

New migrant divisions of labour
JaneWills, CathyMcIlwaine, KavitaDatta, JonMay, JoannaHerbert and YaraEvans


  • To introduce and describe the new Migrant Division of Labour (MDL) within the UK economy
  • To profile the nature of recent immigration reform in the UK
  • To explore the interconnections between immigration and the labour market, particularly in London
  • To identify important debates concerning the wider implications of the MDL

On 1 January 2008, the bulk of the cleaning services at Queen Mary, University of London, were moved back in-house. Following a successful living wage campaign, university managers were convinced of the need to improve the pay and conditions of cleaners, and they decided to stop using a subcontractor and bring the service in house. Cleaners who used to be employed by an outside ...

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