Manufacturing & Engineering

Industrial Strength

Despite the stories about the decline in British manufacturing, the UK is still the ninth-largest manufacturer in the world and the sector is growing – one in six manufacturers have ‘re-shored’ activities to the UK, usually to improve quality or accelerate delivery times. The industry is now gearing up for the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, based on the ever-growing use of digital technology and taking advantage of technological developments such as cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Sector at a glance

  • 14% of business investment in the UK is made in its manufacturing sector
  • £31,489 - The average annual wage in the UK’s manufacturing sector, 14% higher than the national average
  • 45% of UK exports are from the manufacturing industry
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