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East of England

Sub-sectors:

  • There are 15,290 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 14,737 and 20,729 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 8,991 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 5,240 and 7,369 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 5,533 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 3,224 and 4,535 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 2,766 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,611 and 2,256 because of the economic downturn.

Workforce data:

  • 30% of employers in the East of England are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
  • 70% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
  • 33% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • Only 27% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present.
  • 64% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • A small number of employers in the East of England have identified a need for practical and IT skills.
  • 67% did not identify any further skills than current levels.
  • 67% did not train their supervisory or management staff
  • Whilst some firms mentioned regulation, gas, health & safety, IT and environmental training, 64% of employers did not foresee any future skills requirements for their company.

Source: In focus…East of England 2006 and Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010