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Career opportunities on the increase in UK manufacturing

According to the latest data from Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing employment index, the expansion of jobs in the UK manufacturing sector increased at its fastest rate in December since July 2015.


The report evidences a rise in jobs across UK manufacturing in consumer, intermediate and investment goods sectors. These were recorded in SMEs and larger organisations.


Managing consultant at Cast UK, Peter Hobson, commented, “Despite reports of market stagnation in manufacturing, these statistics point to a more positive message in terms of job creation in the sector.


“There are a host of contributory factors at play, including an increase in the number of companies bringing manufacturing back to the UK as a result of rising production costs overseas.


“We’ve also seen a surge in ‘value added roles’ – those that may not be operational but contribute to productivity and relationship development. Many of these roles were stripped back in the recession and are returning to organisational resourcing models.


“Within supply chain, an example of which would be supplier implants or customer supply managers. In the context of food manufacture, this person may be based at a customer’s site, such as a retailer’s head office, and can therefore benefit from insights into retail activity and use this intelligence to monitor stock levels and review market trends.


“We’ve seen a 60% increase in this kind of role in the last year, indicating a shift in resourcing trends driven by economic changes.”

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