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The manufacturing sector in the UK employs 2.7 million people across more than 90,000 employers, and wages in the industry tend to be higher than the average UK salary. While food and drink production is one of the biggest areas of this sector, there are many opportunities in automotive, aerospace production and office-based work.

Types of roles

Manufacturing is a vital part of the UK economy and could have a role to suit you. It has a diverse range of positions, offering employment to people with a wide range of skills, talents, and backgrounds. Take a look at the types of job you could get started in.

There are many jobs that require little or no experience, and on the job training is usually available. Some manufacturing employers will offer learning and development opportunities throughout your career and apprenticeships are also available within the industry.

Most manufacturing roles involve much more than working on a production line. With production now largely being automated you can also work in accountancy, marketing, digital and social media, design, laboratory work, procurement, and engineering.

Benefits of working in manufacturing

  • Higher wages on average than other sectors
  • Careers available in a thriving area of the UK economy
  • Many jobs offer immediate starts
  • In work training, learning and development
  • A wide variety of roles available
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Desirable skills

Many jobs require no specific skills or previous experience. However, the diverse range of jobs in manufacturing means that skills acquired in other sectors will be transferrable.

There are some roles in manufacturing where relevant skills, qualifications, and experience in STEM subjects, will be sought.

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Many employers in this sector are members of the Disability Confident scheme. This means that they have committed to actions that will provide work related opportunities for people with a disability or physical or mental health condition. You can search for a job with a Disability Confident employer on Find a Job.

Access to Work can pay towards the costs for communication support at a job interview and may be able to provide ongoing practical or mental health support when you get a job. To find out if you are eligible check the latest guidance.

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