Manufacturing Industries: Employment

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent estimate has he made of the number of people that will be employed in manufacturing industries in the UK in the next (a) five and (b) ten years.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

We do not make estimates of the number of people who will be employed in manufacturing industries in the UK in the next 5 or 10 years and have no immediate plan to do so.

The manufacturing industry accounts for 2.7 million jobs[1] and has been stable at around this level since 2009.

Government recognises the vital role the manufacturing sector plays in the economy and to local places through jobs and growth. Through our Industrial Strategy, we are committed to making the UK the best place in Europe to own and grow a manufacturing business and are working closely with industry to secure a strong future for UK manufacturers and their employees. Including through the major new investment in research to support - o innovative manufacturing businesses across the country; o reforming our technical education system to achieve a world-class status; o developing a National Retraining Scheme to support adults to upskill and reskill throughout their career as the economy changes

[1] ONS workforce jobs (2017)

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