The UK manufacturing sector has declined in the last decade, almost 600 000 jobs to leave less than 3 million workers employed in the sector.
A study by the GMB Union found that every region in the UK suffered a decrease in employment in manufacturing industry over 10 years in London, Scotland and North-West suffer.
In 2007, the UK has supported 3.5 million permanent and temporary jobs in manufacturing – more than 12% of all British jobs – but to 2016 fell to 2.9 m or 9.2 percent of the total, the Union said.
Jude Brimble, GMB, the national Assembly, said: “We are at an important crossroads in the trade of great Britain.
“For our manufacturing sector will accelerate growth, eliminate the skills gap, and provide much-needed impetus to technology, manufacturing and exports.
“A strong industrial base after the British exit from the EU is vital to the UK economy, workers and local communities.”
The largest British carmaker Jaguar land Rover has so far failed to provide a commitment to creating the next generation of electric vehicles in the UK after he demanded that the government to negotiate with the Fund of £450m infrastructure in the West Midlands, before he made a decision.
In April, the company belonging to a group “Tata” in India, said it will cut over 1000 jobs, blaming a slump in car sales because of the uncertainty about the UK’s exit from the EU and the future diesel vehicles.
UK manufacturing shows signs of slowing
In 2016, Tata has made over 1,000 workers redundant across its steel plants at Port Talbot and Llanwern in South Wales and in Trostre, Corby and Hartlepool. Last week, he urged the government and the European Union, to fight the sanctions imposed by the Republican administration of Donald trump, who, according to her will hurt steel exports.
EEF, which represents manufacturers, said that the continuing political uncertainty in the negotiations the UK has been slowed business investment to the lowest level for the year.
The survey of more than 300 manufacturers found that they remained generally positive, with confidence business is kept looking forward to the second half of the year.
“However, the strength of this growth is somewhat more fragile, as many of the positive factors leading to increase in the past year, such as the reviving Eurozone, the growth of global investment in production and competitive pound are beginning to disappear,” – said the chief economist of the organization, Lee Hopley.
“New or increased uncertainty came into play, not least that feels like a decisive moment in the negotiations the British exit from the EU, which led to Amber light flashes again on business investment prospects.”
The manufacturing sector failed to recover the production levels before the financial collapse in 2008. During the economic recession that followed, hundreds of companies went bankrupt or moved production abroad.
Low oil prices and the falling value of the pound led manufacturers to increase exports in 2016 and 2017, but companies recorded weak growth in the first quarter of the year as a stuttering quarter and month of negotiations, increased uncertainty and rising oil prices combined with the high pound has increased the cost of imports.
Tom Lawton, a business Advisory firm bdo, which helped with the study, said that companies are still cautiously optimistic, but “we are starting to see the repercussions of the continuing political and economic instability in the services sector in the UK”.
The GMB said London, Scotland and North-West lost 27%, 22% and 21% of their manufacturing jobs respectively. The most affected region of the total loss – North-West – lost 93,500 jobs.