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South East

Sub-sectors:

  • There are 24,480 people employed in the electrotechnical industry. This is forecast to fall to between 14,264 and 20,065 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 13,505 people employed in the plumbing industry. This is forecast to fall to between 7,870 and 11,068 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 8,310 people employed in the heating and ventilating industry. This is forecast to fall to between 4,842 and 6,812 because of the economic downturn.
  • There are 4,155 people employed in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is forecast to fall to between 2,419 and 3,391 because of the economic downturn.

Workforce data:

  • 40% of employers in the South East are alarmed at the low level of literacy and numeracy of new entrants.
  • 73% of firms employ no women outside of administrative roles. Those that do, only employ a small percentage.
  • 30% of firms have employees from ethnic minority groups working in technical roles.
  • 27% of firms stated they employ migrant workers at present; the South East appears to have a larger body of migrant workers than other regions in the UK.
  • 60% of employers need their craft workforce to be trained to Level 3.
  • A small number of employers in the South East have identified a need for communication and IT skills.
  • 40% did not identify any further skills than current levels.
  • 67% did not train their supervisory or management staff
  • Whilst some firms mentioned legislation and technology, 91% of employers did not foresee any future skills requirements for their company.

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