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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