Chemical Industry

There are 7,400 employed in this sector inthe Humber.

We could not live our every day lives without he chemical industry; it produces machines, soaps, toiletries, cleaning products for homes, factories and hospitals, dyes and man made fibres for our clothes, and synthetics and resins for furniture and floor coverings.

For more information go to Humber Chemical Focus

Will there be opportunities available?

The pharmaceutical industry is seeing competition from emerging economies for bulk manufacture. However, development and innovation still remain strong, so is likely to remain an important sector of the economy over the coming decades. Manufacturing will be dependent on the quality of research and development activity.

 

Did You Know?

  • The chemical industry employs approximately 10,000 in the Humber area in over 120 companies and generates a combined turnover of £6 billion
  • 100 big chemical and refining companies operate in the Humber area
  • These account for just over 10% of the UK chemical industry
  • Over 60% of the Humber chemical industry’s manufactured products are exported.
  • The Humber area has 2 major refineries providing up to a 5th of the UK’s petroleum requirement.
  • The Humber region is a major exporter of chemical products and houses one of the fastest growing chemical bases within the UK

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Chemicals
 Level  Pathways  Job Examples  Salary Guide
 Level 8

Involves achievement of high level professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions

NVQs level 5Vocational qualifications level 8Doctorate Chemical EngineerSenior TechnicianProduction Manager

Sales Engineer

Research Chemist

Analytical Chemist

Bio-Chemist

Forensic Scientist

 £30,000 + p/a
Level 7

Involves achievement of high level professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions

BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7Fellowship and fellowship diploma Postgraduate certificate Postgraduate diploma NVQ level 5BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 7

Master’s degree

Chemical EngineerSenior TechnicianProduction Manager

Sales Engineer

Research Chemist

Analytical Chemist

Bio-Chemist

Forensic Scientist

£25,000 + p/a
Level 6
Involves the achievement of high level of professional knowledge and is appropriate for people working as knowledge based professionals or in professional management positions
NVQ level 4BTEC Advanced Professional award, certificate and diploma level 6Bachelor’s degree

Graduate certificate

Graduate diploma

Chemical EngineerSenior TechnicianProduction Manager

Sales Engineer

Research Chemist

Analytical Chemist

Bio-Chemist

Forensic Scientist

 

 £25,000 + p/a
Level 5

Appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers

HND NVQ level 4 Higher diplomaBTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 5 HNCDiploma of higher education Diploma of further education Foundation degree Chemical EngineerSenior TechnicianProduction Manager

Sales Engineer

Research Chemist

Analytical Chemist

Bio-Chemist

Forensic Scientist

Credit Manager

Chemical Engineering Technician

 £18,000 + p/a
Level 4
Appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others
Certificate of higher education Key Skills level 4 NVQ level 4BTEC Professional award, certificate and diploma level 4Certificate of higher education HNC

 

Laboratory TechnicianSales ManagerCredit Manager

Chemical Engineering Technician

 £18,000 + p/a
Level 3
Involves obtaining detailed knowledge and skills. It is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, working on their own or in some areas, supervising and training others in their field of work
AS and A levelAdvanced ExtensionAward Cambridge

International award

International Baccalaureate

Key Skills level 3

NVQ level 3 Advanced diploma

Progression diploma

BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 3

BTEC National

OCR National

Cambridge National

Laboratory TechnicianSales ManagerCredit Manager

Chemical Engineering Technician

Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Assistant

Marketing Assistant

Clerical Assistant

 £14,000 + p/a
Level 2
Involves building knowledge and/or skills in relation to an area of work or subject area appropriate for many jobs roles
GCSE (grades A*-C)Key Skills level 2NVQ level 2

Skills for Life level 2

Higher diploma

BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 2

Functional Skills level 2

Process OperatorLaboratory TechnicianLaboratory Assistant

Marketing Assistant

Clerical Assistant

Production Worker

 Warehouse Operator

Forklift truck Operator

 £14,000 + p/a
Level 1
Involves activities which mostly relate to everyday situations and may be linked to job competence
GCSE (grades D-G)Key Skills level 1NVQ level 1

Skills for Life level 1

Foundation diploma

BTEC award, certificate and diploma level 1

Foundation Learning

level 1 Functional Skills

level 1 OCR National

Production WorkerWarehouse OperatorForklift truck Operator  £12,000 + p/a
Entry Level
Involves building basic knowledge and skills and is not geared towards specific occupations
Entry level certificateEntry level Skills for LifeEntry level award, certificate and diploma

Entry level Functional Skills

Entry level Foundation Learning

English for speakers of other languages

Some jobs do not formally stated entry requirements but most of these require the employee to have basic skills and be capable of undertaking on-the-job training and working towards professional qualifications.  £12,000 + p/a