Search

East of England's manufacturing workforce shrinks by 62,000 in 10 years

Figures analysed by the GMB show a drop in the number of manufacturing workers in the East of England over the past decade. Picture: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire

Figures analysed by the GMB show a drop in the number of manufacturing workers in the East of England over the past decade. Picture: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire

Archant

More than 60,000 fewer people work in the manufacturing industry in the East of England now than a decade ago, a union claims.

Analysis of Office for National Statistics data by the GMB shows that between 2006/7 and 2016/17 the number of manufacturing sector workers in the region fell from 332,300 to 270,200 – a fall of 18.7%.

Recent mass redundancies in the sector in Norfolk and Suffolk have come from Delphi, Britvic and Colman’s maker Unilever.

Among the hardest-hit districts in the decade were Forest Heath, which lost 57.8% of its manufacturing workforce, Great Yarmouth (-47.9%), Babergh (-40.7%) and Norwich (-40.6%).

But there were districts bucking the trend such as Suffolk Coastal, where the manufacturing workforce was up 62.9% in the decade, and North Norfolk (38.5%).

Warren Kenny, GMB regional secretary, said the “steady erosion” of the manufacturing base “cannot be allowed to continue”.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists