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According to new figures, Solihull has the highest concentration of high skilled employment in the West Midlands,

There has been a 1.6% rise in high skilled roles in the region, with the strongest concentration being in the borough, according to NatWest's Regional Economic Tracker.

Sebastian Burnside, Senior Economist for NatWest said: "There are now 1.6 million more poeple working than there were in 2008, but they are not doing the same jobs as they were eight years ago.

"The strongest growth has been seen in highly skilled categories by managers and professionals, expanding by 12.5% since 2008 and a very healthy 2.5% in the last 12 months."

The NatWest Regional Economic Tracker monitors employment levels in 12 regions across the UK showing where the fastest job growth has occured on a quarterly basis.

Solihull sees the number of people in highly skilled jobs stand at 54%, while in Worcester and Shrewsbury the figure is 45%.

Melanie Palmer, Executive Director of Solihull Business Improvement District (BID), said: "These figures come as a great boost for Solihull's broad mixture of businesses.

"From professional and financial services through to national energy provision, the town centre is home to a wide mixture of employers and the BID will continue to support these companies wherever possible to make sure they attract and retain the skills they need."

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