Economy and Employment


Economic growth and health are increasingly recognised to be highly interdependent.

Evidence shows a thriving and vibrant economy to be a key driver of good health and welling. While a healthy, happy and productive population is acknowledged to be an essential ingredient of sustainable economic growth.

Key Terms

Good growth is growth that enables the widest range of people and places to both contribute to and benefit from economic success.

Sustainable Growth is growth that meets the changing needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations.


A person’s income and employment can have a critical effect on their health and wellbeing and that of their family.

Being in paid employment generally has a positive impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

Jobs that offer employment security, good working conditions and opportunities for training and advancement tend to have a greater positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Employment that provides job satisfaction and a sense of making a contribution can result in improved mental wellbeing, for example by helping people to build wider social networks.


Evidence suggests that those who experience poverty, low income and unemployment are less able to make healthy choices and so have poorer health outcomes than those living in better socio-economic conditions.

The areas of the district with the highest rates of income deprivation include:

  • Airedale and Ferry Fryston
  • Wakefield West
  • Hemsworth
  • Wakefield East
  • Knottingley

The Challenges

Evidence shows that their is a clear link between economic wealth and health. Less affluent people and communities have poorer health outcomes than those that are more wealthy.

People in poorer, more deprived areas tend to have a lower life expectancy and lower healthy life expectancy than those living in more affluent areas. Taking this health inequalities gap has been identified as a key priority at a national and local level.


The Wakefield Workplace Health Promotion Project, including the Wakefield Workplace Wellbeing Charter, aims to promote good growth by creating health promoting and productive workplaces throughout the Wakefield district.

Further Information

Wakefield district Good Growth Plan

Wakefield Workplace Wellbeing Charter