The race to net zero could revolutionise UK manufacturing – instead Ministers have let the jobs disappear overseas as the UK has lost more than 170,000 manufacturing jobs during the pandemic, GMB analysis shows.
The damning statistics are revealed alongside GMB’s Annual Congress, which takes place in Harrogate on Monday. They show 170,400 jobs in the sector disappeared between 2019 and 2021, a fall of almost 6% in just two years.
In 2019, the UK supported 2.9 million permanent and temporary manufacturing jobs, by the start of this year, this fell to 2.7 million.
Every region and nation in the UK has experienced a decline in manufacturing employment, the worst affected region with total job losses is the East Midlands, which has lost more than 31,000 manufacturing jobs. This was a loss of one in ten manufacturing jobs in the region.
Charlotte Childs, GMB National Officer said, “Almost 200,000 manufacturing jobs lost during the pandemic is devastating for communities.
“Unless Ministers address this urgently there could be worse to come.
“The race to net zero could revolutionise UK manufacturing; tens of thousands of new, green jobs in wind, solar, nuclear, and more.
“Instead, this Government seems determined to let them all disappear overseas.”