A Strategy for Jobs

Edinburgh's Economic Strategy 2012-17

Edinburgh's economic strategy,"A Strategy for Jobs 2012-17,  aims to achieve sustainable economic growth through investment in jobs. The Council and its partners are working towards this goal in four ways:

  • investing in the city's development and regeneration
  • supporting inward investment
  • supporting businesses
  • helping unemployed people into work or learning.

The strategy has three main targets for 2017. We report our progress at the Economy Committee four times a year. The last update was up to 22 November 2016.

Target 1 April 2012 - 31 March 2017

  • To create or safeguard 20,000 new jobs
  • To bring in £1.3 billion of new development
  • To support 18,000 people into work or learning

Progress so far - to 30 September 2016

  • 16,172  jobs created, below target expected for this stage
  • £1,299,500 of new development brough in, above target
  • 16,287 people supported into work or learning, target acheived.

Read about our approach towards a sustainable economy.

The City of Edinburgh Council is working with partners in East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian councils to deliver a City Region Deal. 

Marketing Edinburgh Ltd is a Council arm's length company, which leads on promoting Edinburgh to visitors and investors.

Edinburgh is part of the Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA), which aims to attract investment, boost the economy and most importantly create new jobs and business opportunities.


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