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Manufacture of mill and starch products

The UK milling and starches sub-sector includes; the manufacture of: breakfast cereals and cereal-based foods; starches and starch products; and grain milling. It is an important part of the UK food and drink manufacturing sector employing almost 11,500 people in 200 workplaces. 39% of workplaces have between 1 and 10 staff and 6% have 200 or more staff.

Between 2000 and 2007, the milling and starches sub-sector experienced a loss of almost 1,400 workers, equating to a decline of 11%.

Workforce statistics:

  • 73% of the workforce is male.
  • 24% of the workforce is 30-34years, 16% is 35-39years, 15% is 45-49years and 14% is 25-29years.
  • 93% of the workforce is white, 3% are Asian/Asian British and 4% are from other ethnic groups.
  • 6% of the workforce is registered as DDA disabled only, and a further 1% are registered as DDA disabled and work-limiting disabled.
  • 7% of the workforce is self-employed.
  • 30% of the workforce has a degree or equivalent qualification, 5% a Higher Education qualification, 24% A levels or equivalent, 20% GCSE or equivalent, 18% has other qualifications and 3% has no qualifications.

Source: Manufacture of mill and starch products Labour Market information profile 2009/10


Manufacture of mill and starch products workforce by region, 2000 and 2007

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Source: Manufacture of mill and starch products Labour Market information profile 2009/10, page 2. Data derived from the Annual Business Inquiry 2000 and 2007.

Occupational profile of the mill and starch products manufacturing workforce, 2008

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Source: Manufacture of mill and starch products Labour Market information profile 2009/10 page 6. Data derived from the Labour Force Survey 2008.