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North East

Sub-sectors:

  • There are 10,190 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 5,938 and 8,352 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 3,755 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 2,188 and 3,078 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 2,310 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 1,346 and 1,894 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 1,155 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 672 and 942 because of the economic downturn.

Workforce data:

  • 30% of employers in the North East are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
  • 70% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles and those that do, only employ a small percentage.
  • 23% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • 30% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present. However, the expected increase in the requirement for skilled operatives may increase this number.
  • 60% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • A small number of employers in the North East have identified a need for practical and IT skills.
  • 30% did not identify any further skills than current levels
  • 73% did not train their supervisory or management staff.
  • Whilst some firms mentioned practical skills, multi-skilling, supervision and IT skills, 33% of employers did not foresee any future skills requirements for their company.

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