The Government must place a greater value on the UK’s manufacturing industry to boost the economy after Brexit, according to a new poll.
The survey released today has found that 79% of people believe the Government should place greater value on manufacturing.
The research – carried out by YouGov for manufacturing organisation EEF and Newcastle law firm Womble Bond Dickinson – also found that 69% of people believe that manufacturing is important to secure the UK’s place in the global economy, especially in the context of Brexit.
Peter Snaith, Newcastle partner and head of manufacturing at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, said: “Manufacturing provides enormous value to the UK economy. It is encouraging that the public’s perception acknowledges this, with widespread confidence in the manufacturing industry’s ability to solve many of the UK’s challenges.
“The companies we work with are proof of this – embracing technologies to enhance their productivity in a responsible and sustainable way to enable them to compete on a global scale.”
Nearly half of those polled also believe that more money should be spent in order to train the next generation of manufacturers.
But despite placing a high value on the role of manufacturing, only a fifth of parents want their children to work in the sector. When asked why a third of parents blamed low pay, while a quarter do not want their children to work on a production line.
EEF chief executive Stephen Phipson said: “It is clear that there are massive misconceptions about manufacturing although it is pleasing that the UK public feels the sector is important for the country’s economy and that Government should invest more in its future.
“Clearly we need to continue to push Government to work with industry to invest more in creating the next generation of manufacturers to ensure we are able to maintain Britain’s impressive place in global manufacturing, and go on to improve further and grow.”
According to EEF, the average pay of workers in the manufacturing sector significantly exceeds the average earning across the whole of the UK economy and services. However, only 16% of the public are aware of this.
Source : Chroniclelive