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Number of UK manufacturing jobs up over 2% YoY, Jobrapido reveals

Jobrapido has released new figures that indicate a significant amount of total jobs growth within the UK manufacturing sector.

The data, showing the year-on-year growth of jobs posted, reveals that there were 2.28% more manufacturing jobs posted in 2016 than there were in the previous year.

The data gives further credibility to the recent PMI survey released by HIS Market and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, which revealed that in December the manufacturing sector experienced the best rates of growth for production over the past two and a half years. According to the PMI survey, the UK manufacturing sector ended 2016 on a positive note, with the pace of jobs growth accelerating to the fastest in fourteen months in December.  Jobrapido suggests that the figures also may ease the worries of those concerned about the future of the UK manufacturing sector after Britain’s decision to leave the EU in June.

Regionally, however, there was some notable variation. Jobrapido noted an increase in job postings in most regions in the UK except for the North East where a year on year fall of -11.40% was recorded. Similarly, there was a -11.15% drop in job postings in Scotland and -2.23% in the West Midlands. Every other region experienced an increase in the number of jobs posted since 2015. The regions that experienced the most growth included Wales with a 12.36% increase on 2015, Northern Ireland with an increase of 12.95% and the South East with 9.25% growth.

Rob Brouwer, CEO of Jobrapido, said, “These figures suggest that Brexit appears to have had less of an effect on the manufacturing sector in the UK than some had previously anticipated. In fact, in some areas, such as Wales and the South East, the data reportedly shows that the manufacturing sector is in better state ending 2016 than it has been in previous years.  It will take some time before we fully know the effects of Brexit, but these figures now suggest that we’re at least starting 2017 with a steadier footing.”

Data provided in full below for reference (split by region):

Year on Year % Growth



East Anglia


East Midlands




North East of England


North West of England


Northern Ireland




South East of England


South West of England




West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber


Grand Total (* inc National Roles)


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