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