New data resources released

Feb 19, 2019

We have launched a new data resource that describes how engineering impacts UK society – from the economic contribution of engineering to the composition of its workforce.

The 2019 Excel Resource serves as a companion to the Engineering UK: The state of engineering 2018 report, with updated data for 2019. The resource pulls data from the UK economy, educational pipeline and composition of workforce.

The new data featured heavily in the latest Perkins review, which examined the challenges faced by the engineering sector and priorities for change.

Key highlights include:

  • The economic contributions the engineering sector makes to the UK economy are considerable. The latest data shows engineering enterprises in the UK generated 21.4% (£1.23 trillion) of the UK’s £5.75 trillion total turnover.
  • There has been a substantial increase over the past year in take up rates for the individual sciences GCSE since the course was restructured, with a new combined science double award introduced to replace single awards in ‘science’ and ‘additional science’.
  • Apprenticeship participation rates have decreased by 2.8% between the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17, coinciding with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.
  • Analysis of the latest labour survey shows that 8.4% of those working in engineering occupations were EU nationals not from the UK. This supply source is sensitive to any changes in mobility and migration rules and suggests the UK’s impending exit from the EU is a cause for concern for the composition of the workforce.

Also released are the Demand tables, which are based on Working Futures 2014-2024, a comprehensive and detailed model of the UK labour market. It projects the future size and shape of the labour market by considering employment prospects by industrial sector, occupation, qualification level, gender and employment status.

Explore the data:

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