The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed a further quarterly increase in manufacturing employment, prompting EEF chief economist Lee Hopley to warn that the increases in employment availability might prove to be a double edged sword.
“The increase in manufacturing employment in the third quarter is consistent with the upbeat picture we’ve seen in several surveys and we are on track for a third consecutive year of increased jobs in manufacturing for the first time since 1997/98,” she said.
“However, if job creation continues to be a pattern across the industry, more companies will face problems hiring the skilled people they need across a range of occupations.”
In 2010, UK manufacturing employment stood at 2.562 million. During 2011 the number grew by a modest 0.2% to 2.564m and by the end of 2012 the number employed in the sector was a further 1.2% up at 2.596m.