The Make UK/BDO Regional Manufacturing Outlook report examines the contribution of manufacturing to the economies of every English Region and the devolved nations. It analyses the most recent official data and Make UK's quarterly data across a wide range of indicators, including output, orders, employment, and investment intentions.
This year’s Regional Outlook Report sees manufacturing jobs have grown in six out of eight English Regions and Wales, with Yorkshire & Humber seeing the biggest jump.
The report demonstrates the importance of the role of manufacturing jobs in ‘red-wall’ areas and Wales, as these areas have higher than average contributions to the regional economy.
The substantial boost in jobs across the sector highlights the importance of levelling up to create high skilled and better paid jobs. However, despite the increase in the number of jobs across most English Regions, the challenge to levelling up is highlighted by the fact that manufacturing in London and the South East posted by far the most substantial recovery from the pandemic according to the latest figures available.