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Equal Opportunities

Gender

  • 67% of the workforce is male.
  • Men tend to dominate the dairy, oils and fats, and milling and starches sub-sector workforces; whereas females account for a greater than share in the bakery and confectionery sub-sector workforces. This may be linked to working hours and the need for flexible working, as a greater share of the female workforce tends to work part-time.
  • Between 2000 and 2007, the male share of the workforce declined by 12%, whereas the female share of the workforce declined by 23%.
  • Future projections indicate a move to an even more male dominated sector; by 2017 the male share of the workforce is forecast to increase from 67% to 74%.
  • 23% of female workers are employed part-time, compared with 4% of male workers.

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010

Age

  • 26% of the workforce is aged 16-30 years; 36% are aged 45 years and over.
  • Over a third of the current workforce will retire in the next 20 years.

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010

Ethnicity

  • 90% of sector employees are white, 6% are Asian/Asian British, 2% are Black/Black British and a further 2% are of form other ethnic groups.
  • 71,000 non-UK nationals are estimated to be working in the sector, equivalent to 18% of the total UK sector workforce.
  • The majority of Non-UK nationals are employed in the meat processing sub-sector (34%) and the bakery sub-sector (24%).
  • Non-UK nationals working in the sector have a younger profile that the UK nationals workforce.

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010 and Migrant workers in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector 2008

Disability

  • 7% of sector workers in the UK have some form or work-limiting disability.
  • 3% are registered as work-limiting disabled only and 4% are registered as DDA disabled and work-limiting disabled.
  • A further 4% are registered as DDA disabled.

Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010