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East Midlands

Sector profile

  • The East Midlands accounts for 9% of all engineering employment and 9% of all engineering establishments in Great Britain.
  • The engineering sector in the East Midlands employs 115,100 people in 6,260 establishments.
  • 94% of engineering establishments in the East Midlands employ less than 50 people
  • The largest sectors in terms of employment are metal products, mechanical equipment, aerospace and automotive.
  • There are above average concentrations of employment in the aerospace and mechanical equipment sectors when compared to Great Britain.
  • Engineering employment is geographically concentrated around Derby City, Leicester City, South Derbyshire, Charnwood, Hinckley and Bosworth and Ashfield.

Workforce demographics

  • 94% of the engineering workforce in the East Midlands is employed on a full-time basis.
  • 84% of the engineering workforce is male.
  • 6% of the engineering workforce could be classed as non-white.

Recruitment and skills

  • Over 10,200 people were recruited into the engineering sector in the East Midlands during March 2006/07, representing 8.9% of total employment. This compares with the Great Britain figure of 7.7%.
  • 16% of engineering establishments in the East Midlands had hard-to-fill vacancies over that period (17% for UK engineering).
  • The main reasons cited for hard-to-fill vacancies were lack of required qualifications and skills (60%) and lack of working experience (30%).
  • 17% of engineering establishments in the East Midlands reported skill gaps in the current workforce, slightly less than the proportion within the UK (21%). The incidence of reported skill gaps ranges from 27% of automotive establishments to 9% of electrical and electronics establishments.
  • 25% of all engineering establishments within the East Midlands employed apprentices or recognised trainees (22% for UK engineering). However, this varied considerably by size of establishment, ranging from 67% of those establishments employing 250 or more employees to only 6% of those employing less than 10 employees.

The sciences

The healthcare sector is important in the East Midlands, with over 450 companies operating in the following sectors:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical instrument manufacturing

The sector benefits from a network of dedicated, purpose-built technology and business parks.

Source: Semta LMI report March 2010 and East Midlands Engineering Skills Balance Sheet Executive Summary 2008