@auxbus I can’t see how your original conversation wasn’t about the ‘jobs market’, by which I mean ‘the market value of skills’. There are plenty of food picking jobs in East Anglia but the market hasn’t adjusted fast enough to place a high enough value to attract employees.
Stone and Stoke are “outside London” and take me about as long to drive to as getting to central Birmingham, so they have a market impact on Birmingham salary values, as do Coventry, Warwick, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Telford, Derby, Nottingham & Leicester. Birmingham fades out to countryside much quicker than London, so salaries work in a different way to London. Brum ‘seems to be’ getting more expensive without paying more but I don’t really know because it’s all hearsay.
I was throwing out an idea for anyone who wanted it, because a few people have discussed creating jobs sites and it could be a market differentiating add-on, if privacy was respected. Traditional job/contract agencies exploited their knowledge of buy/sell salary levels to maximise their own margin.