Manufacturing: Data on manufacturing jobs, output and producer confidence.Jump to full report >>
Manufacturing is one of the production industries, which also include mining, electricity, water & waste management and oil & gas extraction.
In 2016, the manufacturing sector accounted for 10% of total UK economic output (Gross Value Added). In December 2016 it accounted for 8% of jobs.
Total manufacturing output was up 0.7% in the 3 months to August 2017 compared with the 3 months to May 2017. The largest contribution to the rise in manufacturing output came from other manufacturing and repair, which rose by 3.8%; this sub-sector inclues a wide range of high-value milestone-based contracts for repair and maintenance, such as for aircraft, ships and boats.
The Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI is an important indicator of confidence in the sector.
In September 2017 the UK Manufacturing PMI was 55.9, a decrease from 56.9 in August.
(A figure above 50 indicates that output is increasing).
Commons Briefing papers SN05206
Author: Gloria Tyler