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Threat of chaotic Brexit putting manufacturing jobs at risk

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21 May 2019
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The prospect of a disorderly Brexit is putting skilled manufacturing jobs and millions of pounds of investment in the economy at risk, GMB Union has warned.

Analysis released today the union shows that that the sector employs two and half million people, contributing £118 billion each year to the economy in wages and other payments to workers. 

The industry also supports a further nearly five million jobs in the wider economy, including in the supply chain.

One in five manufacturing employers plan on cutting jobs after Brexit, according to a 2018 survey, and the Bank of England recently warned that in the past months ‘investment intentions fell sharply in manufacturing, mostly due to Brexit uncertainty.’ 

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said:

“These figures show what is at stake in the European elections.

“The prospect of a chaotic Brexit is sending a chill throughout manufacturing.

“We have already seen job losses and paused investment in foundational industries such as food manufacturing, car production and ceramics.

“The situation will only get worse if we end up with a rushed and disorderly Brexit.

“That’s why it is vital that politicians from all parties rule out a no-deal Brexit that would be devastating for our manufacturing and export industries.”

Region

Number of manufacturing jobs

Value of wages

Other jobs supported by manufacturing

East Midlands

286,000

£11.7bn

514,800

East of England

220,000

£10.5bn

396,000

London

109,000

£5.2bn

196,200

North East

118,000

£5.5bn

212,400

North West

325,000

£15.9bn

585,000

Northern Ireland

83,374

£3.7bn

150,073

Scotland

183,000

£9.6bn

329,400

South East

251,000

£13.9bn

451,800

South West

207,000

£10.0bn

372,600

Wales

138,000

£6.6bn

248,400

West Midlands

297,000

£13.7bn

534,600

Yorkshire and The Humber

273,000

£11.8bn

491,400

United Kingdom

2,490,374

£118bn

4,482,673

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