Welcome to the second edition of The London Intelligence. Analysing the latest data under five major themes – demography, economy, infrastructure and housing, society, health and environment – The London Intelligence tracks the trends transforming the capital. This issue has a spotlight focus on recent education data.
Data over the last quarter suggests that London’s ‘soft power’ is holding the capital in good stead in the face of Brexit and recent terrorist attacks. We’ve seen an uptick in international visitors and spending, while unemployment is at a record low and gradual job growth continuing. However, property market and migration indicators suggest continuing uncertainty.
Spotlight on education
While London’s schools continue to outperform the English average, and young Londoners are more likely to continue studies, finding a job remains a challenge for many.
On leaving school, data suggests that the bias in the capital towards academic rather than vocational pathways continues. Fewer young Londoners take up apprenticeships or go straight into work after school than the national average (18 vs 30 per cent), and more go on to higher education (61 vs 51 per cent).