Changing employment

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  • Hello! My name is Alice and i'm here to tell you about employment in the UK and how it has changed over time
  • Before 1800, most people were employed in the Primary Sector. Many worked on land and made their living from agriculture, fishing and foresty.
  • However, the Agricultural Revolution saw the first use of machinery which meant that less people were needed to produce food
  • By 2000 over half of the UK were employed in tertiary industries and only a small number were employed in primary industries. 
  • During the Industrial Revolution many people moved from the country side to the cities where they were needed to work in factories and steelworks. By 1900, over half of British workers were employed in secondary industries
  • From 1970 onwards countries such as China started to industrialise. Manufacturing products in other countries was cheaper than doing it in Britain so many companies closed down their factories in UK. This led to a decline in secondary employment
  • The quaternary sector is  growing part of the UK economy as businesses and universities take advantage of the high level of education and skills in some parts of the country
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