People and Skills
Over 2.1 million people live in Sheffield's peak 60 minute recruitment catchment area. The working age population of 1.4 million has grown at a higher rate than the national average, meaning that the labour pool is increasing, ensuring a continuing supply of available workers. The educational profile of the city has grown significantly in recent years and the proportion of the population with NVQ Level 4 compares well with other core cities. Sheffield is also a place of learning - there are over 63,000 students at two of the UK's leading universities, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, producing 21,000 graduates each year.