The manufacturing industry is a diverse area, covering everything from the production of primary goods at the start of the supply chain to the downstream areas that provide assembly and/or other additional services.
The full list of disciplines covered by manufacturing includes:
- Food, beverage and tobacco products
- Textiles and textile products
- Wood and wood products
- Pulp, paper and paper products
- Publishing and printing
- Coke, petroleum products and nuclear fuel
- Chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
- Other non-metallic mineral products
- Basic metals and fabricated metal products
- Other machinery and equipment
- Electrical and optical equipment
- Transport equipment
- Other manufacturing
Due in part to transport, information and communication improvements, manufacturers have been able to separate different parts of the chain process so they can be performed in different locations around the world. This has had a significant positive impact on cost effectiveness and productivity, however, the traditional focus on driving down costs of the manufacturing supply chain could soon face a change.
Being able to react to quickly to changing economic market conditions requires short-term planning and flexibility, and this is becoming as important as keeping costs down. In addition, the security of supply chains combined with ‘near sourcing’, which keeps supply closer to home while still allowing access to growing domestic markets, will also prove crucial to the smooth operation and profitability of manufacturing companies in the future.
Manufacturing is the third largest sector in the UK economy, after the business service and retail sector, employing around 2.8 million people (8% of the UK workforce) in jobs that are among the best paid of any sector. Innovation and technological developments drive growth in the industry and this is where skills shortages are likely to be in the future, with technical and engineering professionals being in greater demand.
Akton Recruitment is staffed by an experienced technical recruitment team that understand what drives the employment needs of the manufacturing sector. Our substantial network of contacts allows us to direct the most appropriate skilled, technical, managerial and executive level individuals from any manufacturing discipline to those corporate environments where their talents will have the greatest impact.