The most recent CIPS Markit PMI figures show that UK manufacturing is continuing its upward trend and experiencing its fastest period of growth since 1994.
Although output is still below pre-recession levels, this sustained and rapid growth has taken the market by surprise. Driven mainly by increased demand from both domestic and export markets, it bodes well for the future of the industry.
“The increase in manufacturing jobs is very good news, not just for the health of the sector but for the UK economy as a whole. Higher employment means more money in the pockets of consumers, which will have a positive knock-on effect on other parts of the economy”, said David Noble, chief executive of CIPS.
We have seen recruitment into the sector continue to follow the increased production activity and we have seen an upturn in demand for manufacturing professionals across the UK. This is more pronounced for those in the planning, materials control, production management and post-production functions.