Talking Point: Do you think London is sucking all our talent?

The Argus: Talking Point: Do you think London is sucking all our talent? Talking Point: Do you think London is sucking all our talent?

A new Centre for Cities report out today reveals that while Brighton is benefiting from a net migration of people from London, this is reversed among the 22 to 30-year-old age group.

The report says this data backs up the perception that the capital is sucking up all our talent as twentysomethings relocate to where the jobs are.

It also says that the net inflow to Brighton and Crawley when older people are taken into account is countered by commuting patterns, which suggest many are likely to remain part of the capital's labour market. 

But meanwhile, Brighton and Hove's private sector was one of the success stories of the UK, creating the seventh biggest boost to the jobs market with 6.400 new jobs - albeit offset by 500 job losses in the public sector.

Do you think the city's private sector can begin to reverse the talent migration amongst our twenty-somethings? 

Or will the lure of the capital always prove too much?

Have your say below. 

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1:46pm Mon 27 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

It's definitely sucking something... most likely in the borough of Westminster
It's definitely sucking something... most likely in the borough of Westminster All 9 of me

2:17pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bug eye says...

It can only be reversed when the chambers of commerce and the council actively encourage large employers and high paid jobs, and curb the left anti business agenda, there is far too much emphasis on bringing in students and low paid service industry jobs. We clearly need well paid jobs too, we lack an attractive business district with good office space, London road corridor would have been perfect, but the council want this to be a student enclave that do not pay council tax but exhaust services. planning is also a problem with small mixed developments being the order of the day rather than keeping homes and office space separate. It is only thanks to the small businesses, the reputation and residents that this city that it thrives, although in recent times the deserved bad press is certainly not helping. we have the people and the city was ripe for mass investment and to become a jewel in the south east, now we have gone back to a scruffy seaside town that no longer stands out from the crowd, except for the wrong reasons.
It can only be reversed when the chambers of commerce and the council actively encourage large employers and high paid jobs, and curb the left anti business agenda, there is far too much emphasis on bringing in students and low paid service industry jobs. We clearly need well paid jobs too, we lack an attractive business district with good office space, London road corridor would have been perfect, but the council want this to be a student enclave that do not pay council tax but exhaust services. planning is also a problem with small mixed developments being the order of the day rather than keeping homes and office space separate. It is only thanks to the small businesses, the reputation and residents that this city that it thrives, although in recent times the deserved bad press is certainly not helping. we have the people and the city was ripe for mass investment and to become a jewel in the south east, now we have gone back to a scruffy seaside town that no longer stands out from the crowd, except for the wrong reasons. bug eye

3:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

banargustrolls says...

Sucking all our houses up I know that. Put the C@ck into cockneys alright
Sucking all our houses up I know that. Put the C@ck into cockneys alright banargustrolls

3:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Richada says...

London, as with any capital city in the world, will always suck the most talented as that is where the highest rewards and best promotion structure exists.

Brighton - outside of local politics - offers far more to those who no longer have anything to prove and seek a more fulfilling work / life balance.

Unfortunately however, we all pay the price for being within commuting distance of London by way of grossly inflated propery prices.
London, as with any capital city in the world, will always suck the most talented as that is where the highest rewards and best promotion structure exists. Brighton - outside of local politics - offers far more to those who no longer have anything to prove and seek a more fulfilling work / life balance. Unfortunately however, we all pay the price for being within commuting distance of London by way of grossly inflated propery prices. Richada

7:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

FC says...

Little fishes in a small pond.

"I'M GOING TO LONDON TO BE FAMOUS/FURTHER MY MUSIC/ART/ACTING CAREER"

No, it doesn't work like that.
Little fishes in a small pond. "I'M GOING TO LONDON TO BE FAMOUS/FURTHER MY MUSIC/ART/ACTING CAREER" No, it doesn't work like that. FC

8:55pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rayellerton says...

we could do without the net migration of Londoners as the reason Brighton has suffered such propery inflation over the last 15/20 years, is because they have been snapping up property which may well have gone to house local families who have since been driven out because they cant afford to buy in their own home town...
we could do without the net migration of Londoners as the reason Brighton has suffered such propery inflation over the last 15/20 years, is because they have been snapping up property which may well have gone to house local families who have since been driven out because they cant afford to buy in their own home town... rayellerton

9:11pm Mon 27 Jan 14

whoee! says...

They are running away from all the gays/perverts lol Can't say I blame them hahahaha
They are running away from all the gays/perverts lol Can't say I blame them hahahaha whoee!

9:46pm Mon 27 Jan 14

cynic_the says...

I worked in central Brighton for 7 years until the company packed up most of it's operations in the City and moved my role to London. I took redundancy as I wanted to stay working in Brighton.

3 years on and I'm doing virtually the same job, but now in central London after all, as I couldn't find anything similar down here. People go where the work is, simple as that.
I worked in central Brighton for 7 years until the company packed up most of it's operations in the City and moved my role to London. I took redundancy as I wanted to stay working in Brighton. 3 years on and I'm doing virtually the same job, but now in central London after all, as I couldn't find anything similar down here. People go where the work is, simple as that. cynic_the

10:22pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

If you want a career commute or work in London, if you want to retire or mooch about in a low paid job live by the sea.
If you want a career commute or work in London, if you want to retire or mooch about in a low paid job live by the sea. Maxwell's Ghost

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