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600,000 Manufacturing Jobs Lost

Sunday, June 3, 2018

 

ALMOST 600,000 MANUFACTURING JOBS LOST IN LAST DECADE, GMB ANALYSIS REVEALS

Next Government must invest in industry or communities will pay the price, says GMB.

The UK has lost almost 600,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade, a new investigation by GMB has shown.

The figures are being discussed at GMB’s Manufacturing Conference in Brighton today [Sunday June 3, 2018]

They show that 599,100 jobs in the sector disappeared between 2007 and 2017, a massive fall of 17%. [1]

Between them the lost jobs have meant that £2.3 billion less has been paid in manufacturing wages in real-terms.

In 2007, the UK supported 3.5 million permanent and temporary manufacturing jobs – more than 12% of the all British employment.

By 2016, that had slumped to just 2.9 million, or 9.2% of the total.

Every region in the UK has experienced a decline in manufacturing employment.

Three badly affected regions – London, Scotland and the North West – have lost 27%, 22% and 21% of their manufacturing jobs respectively.

The worst affected region by total job losses – the North West - lost 93,500 manufacturing jobs. [See note 2 for job losses by region and constituency]

The GMB’s Making It campaign is calling on the Government in invest in manufacturing and protect manufacturing jobs during Brexit.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said:

“We are at a critical crossroads in UK manufacturing.

“The right support for our manufacturing sector would accelerate growth, address the skills gap and provide much provide a much-needed boost to technology, production and exports.

“A robust manufacturing base post-Brexit is vital for the UK economy, workers and local communities.

“The continuing decline in jobs is a result in this Government's failure to deliver the certainty the industry needs.

“It begs the question; how does this add up to May's commitments that ‘the UK's post-Brexit arrangements must protect people's jobs and security’?

“This is why GMB Union’s Making It campaign calls for a rethink on Gvernment procurement,  investment for skills and jobs across manufacturing and for a Brexit deal that delivers for workers.

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 7958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] Employment figures are taken from the Office of National Statistic’s Annual Population Survey (APS).

The APS, which has run since 2004, collects employment estimates based on a sample of at least 510 persons in each unitary authority or local authority district area. The figures cover all jobs over a 12 month period.

Employee compensation (salary) data is taken from the ONS’s Regional Gross Value Added (Income Approach) estimates, Table 7:https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossvalueaddedgva/datasets/regionalgrossvalueaddedincomeapproach

[2] Jobs lost by regions

Manufacturing jobs by region 2007 and 2017 (January to December)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

2017*

 

Employees

Compensation

 

Employees

% of all jobs

Compensation (£ms)

 

Employees

% of all jobs

Compensation (£ms)

 

Change #

Change %

Change #

Change %

North East

155,400

13.3

5,245

 

127,600

10.7

5,443

 

-27,800

-18%

198

3.8%

North West

452,100

14.1

15,866

 

358,600

10.6

15,890

 

-93,500

-21%

24

0.1%

Yorks and Humber

348,900

14.4

12,406

 

297,300

11.6

11,541

 

-51,600

-15%

-865

-7.0%

East Midlands

358,500

16.7

11,091

 

305,100

13.6

11,543

 

-53,400

-15%

452

4.1%

West Midlands

414,500

16.5

12,754

 

339,800

12.7

13,524

 

-74,700

-18%

770

6.0%

East

331,200

12.0

11,183

 

272,600

9.0

10,566

 

-58,600

-18%

-617

-5.5%

London

232,200

6.3

6,571

 

169,200

3.7

4,910

 

-63,000

-27%

-1,661

-25.3%

South East

430,400

10.3

14,731

 

372,700

8.2

13,186

 

-57,700

-13%

-1,545

-10.5%

South West

286,300

11.3

9,726

 

257,100

9.3

10,135

 

-29,200

-10%

409

4.2%

Wales

171,700

12.7

6,697

 

150,300

10.5

6,426

 

-21,400

-12%

-271

-4.1%

Scotland

262,800

10.4

9,377

 

205,500

7.8

9,444

 

-57,300

-22%

67

0.7%

Northern Ireland

95,500

12.1

2,966

 

84,600

10.1

3,734

 

-10,900

-11%

768

25.9%

UK total

3,539,400

12.1

118,616

 

2,940,300

9.2

116,342

 

-599,100

-17%

-2,274

-1.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Compensation data is given for 2007 and 2016, the latest year for which figures are available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONS Annual Population Survey and Regional gross value added (income approach) at current basic prices by industry

 

 

 

2007 employee compensation coverted into 2016 prices using the Treasury GDP deflator

 

 

 

 

 

 

For jobs losses by constituency, contact press office

 

 

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