Figures released by Leeds City Council show that 1,230 people secured new jobs resulting from the recent boom in developments around the city between September 2012 and January 2014. To ensure the vast majority of them went to local people, obligations were set out in either LCC contracts or Section 106 agreements with developers during the planning process.
Major projects, such as the First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds shopping centre, created dozens of construction jobs, including apprenticeships for young people, as well as hundreds of retail and hospitality positions for local residents.
With the string of current and future projects in the pipeline, council chiefs estimate that 14,000 new job opportunities will be created. The extension of the White Rose shopping centre will create around 50 construction jobs and up to 1,000 full and part-time retail and hospitality jobs, while the Victoria Gate retail development will result in 700 construction jobs and 1,200 positions in retail and hospitality.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said, “Everyone in Leeds has seen the massive difference that these major developments have made to the city.
“With so many key developments either planned or already ongoing, the future is looking extremely bright for the local jobs market.”
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