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Electrical Equipment

Historically strong in this sector, the UK is the birthplace of some of the world’s largest and best-known electrical equipment manufacturers. This legacy continues today with 3,055 enterprises currently engaged in the manufacturing of electrical equipment. 26% of the current workforce is female, making the sector one of the most gender diverse

Whilst the sector is relatively more spread across the UK than some other advanced manufacturing and engineering sub-sectors, Yorkshire and Humberside make up the largest electrical equipment region. It is expected that this will remain so in the medium-term. The area with the most predicted growth is Scotland.

As technology advances and increased levels of automation become the new standard it is expected that there will be a decline in the size of the sector’s process, plant and machine operative workforce. More than in any other occupational group.

It is also highly plausible that retirement alone could see a projected decline in the size of the electrical equipment sector workforce. Around 2,000 workers are currently aged 65+. 17,000 workers are currently aged 55-64 respectively (Annual Population Survey 2017).

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