Milton Keynes workers are most productive and highly skilled in the UK, according to new report

Council leader Pete Marland

Council leader Pete Marland

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Workers in Milton Keynes are among the most skilled, hard-working and productive in the country, according to a new report from independent think tank Centre for Cities.

In the Cities Outlook 2016 report published this week, Milton Keynes workers were found to be among the most productive and highly skilled in the UK.

Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with more and more people moving to MK attracted by good employment opportunities and higher than average wages.

It also identified MK as one of the highest high wage low welfare cities and ranked MK fourth for highest number of business, which means greater opportunities to find work.

Milton Keynes Council Leader, Pete Marland, said: “I am delighted to hear that the hard work of all our citizens and businesses have been recognised in this report.

“It’s a city people want to work and live in and one that is increasingly attracting the high levels of skilled people enabling companies to develop and grow.

“The city’s success remains based on a track record of innovation and a strong entrepreneurial culture as evidenced in the report that praises Milton Keynes having a high number of patents

granted.

“This follows on from the Small Business Outlook report published last year that ranked Milton Keynes in the top two cities with the highest proportion of SME’s (Small Medium Sized Firms) in

high tech and digital.”

Pam Gosal, Head of Economic Development and Inward Investment, said: “Milton Keynes is a high wage low welfare place which means we can continue to deliver good quality employment

opportunities to the many people moving here.

“This also means that businesses moving or starting up in Milton Keynes can feel confident that they can attract the right skilled employees to help them grow and flourish.

“At InvestMK we play a vital role in attracting and retaining companies nationally and internationally, providing crucial information on locations, demographics and support companies into making the decision as to whether to establish or relocate to Milton Keynes.”