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Mechanical Equipment

Whether they be for domestic, commercial or industrial use, the mechanical equipment sector is responsible for making the machines that fit these purposes, with the majority of produce being actual finished capital goods.

The sector is made up, predominantly, of micro sized employers and small and medium enterprises. Only 1% of the 7,690 UK establishments are government classified as being large (250+ employees).

With an ageing workforce, it’s predicted that the mechanical equipment sector is set to see a decrease in its workforce over the next 5 years. Whilst some lower level skill jobs face becoming obsolete with the introduction of more automation, the government’s National Retraining Scheme hopes to assist those at risk gain new skills that will lead to future employment.

Within the mechanical equipment sector, over one in four workers fall into the category of skilled trades. Skilled technical and professional roles account for over half of the sector workforce. In comparison to other sectors, the proportion of workers in lower-skilled roles (elementary and process, plant and machine operatives) sits at 18% combined.

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