Manufacturing is the production of goods from the beginnings as raw materials to after sales services. Manufacturing today is usually high-tech production on a large scale.  Most manufacturing processes are automated to ensure products meet quality standards and can be produced in large volumes to meet demand. Advanced manufacturing involves the use of technology to improve products and processes.

There are over 58,000 employed in this sector in the Humber accounting for 16.7% of employment

Did you know?

  • The Manufacturing Sector accounts for 16.7% of the region’s workforce, employing 59,000 people
  • Yorkshire & the Humber is the country’s largest food producing region
  • Manufacturing of Chemicals and pharmaceuticals is prominent in the Humber
  • The Humber’s Green Port Hull development will benefit the Humber’s manufacturing economy, Green energy is the most talked about aspect of the Humber green economy.
  • 23% people employed in the sector are women nationally
  • Nationally only 3.4% engineering and manufacturing apprentices are female
  • Nationally only 10% of the workforce is aged 16-24
  • Manufacturing workers often work shifts 24 hrs a day 365 days a year
  • Manufacturing pays higher wages than the national average; the average weekly pay in the manufacturing sector is approx.17% higher than the whole economy average.


Will there be opportunities available?

  • Manufacturing has an ageing workforce with a significant number of workers retiring in the next decade leaving a gap for younger people to move into the sector
  • Manufacturing supports young people; 66% of manufacturers plan to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months.
  • Manufacturing is creating high-skilled jobs; the sector needs 750,000 science, technology and engineering professionals to replace those leaving the industry by 2020.
  • Employment trends for the Humber show that this is an increasing sector for employment


Useful Sector specific sites

For more information on food and drink manufacturing click to go to National Skills Academy and to Proskills

More information on the Process and Manufacturing sector can also be found on the National Guidance for Research Forum at Warwick University.



LMI Humber YouTube Sector Video available here

The following links give examples of some of the larger companies operating in the area:

Download full PDF sector profile here