IT’S A BRUM JOB! HOW BIRMINGHAM’S JOBS MARKET CHANGED IN 150 YEARS
Birmingham’s Job landscape has been transformed in the last 150 years, with the majority of adverts once for housekeepers and domestic servants now replaced with calls for general managers, reveals research by online CV builder Resume.io that shows how the world of work has changed since 1870.
The jobs market of 1870 was a different world to current times, as almost a quarter of roles advertised in Birmingham in 1870 and 1920 were for domestic roles like housekeeper, maid and cook, but similar jobs make up just 1% of adverts in 2020.
Chandelier burnisher, servant and milliner – a hat maker – are among the job titles from 150 years ago that have vanished from modern jobs pages. These vintage Job adverts from the Birmingham Daily Post and Birmingham Daily Gazette tell the story of the decline of UK manufacturing and rise of desk jobs such as call centre worker.