Manufacturing & Engineering

Dream machines

Manufacturing & Engineering is one of the UK’s broadest sectors, with specialist areas including aerospace, chemical, telecoms and electronics. Britain is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and remains a leading manufacturing nation, with 2.6 million people employed in the sector. It is now entering a new era with the rise of automation and artificial intelligence, which will help streamline production lines and provide firms with more opportunities for growth.

Sector at a glance

  • £1.23trn - The amount generated by the engineering sector in the UK
  • 1 in 5 - The proportion of people in the UK who work in the Manufacturing & Engineering sector
  • 13.5% - The productivity growth of the electronics sector, from 2012 to 2017