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  • In Barnsley, 16.1% (11,400) of total employment is in manufacturing.
  • Within manufacturing in Barnsley, the largest numbers are employed in the manufacture of food products (7900), rubber & plastic products (1700) and other non-metallic mineral products (1500).

Yorkshire and Humberside...

  • In 2007 121,200 people worked in engineering in the Yorkshire & Humberside region.
  • Sheffield has the second largest engineering employment of all local authority areas in England (19700), and Leeds has the fifth largest (14,800).
  • As is the case nationally, total engineering employment in engineering has been falling. Between 1998-2007 total engineering employment in the region fell by 39,000 jobs, a decrease of 24%.
  • Within the Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Medical Devices industries, the region has 31 establishments employing 1735 people (7% of the UK total).
  • Manufacturing employment in the region is expected to decline by 0.7% per year from 2007-2017, compared to a decline of 1.4% per year for the UK as a whole. This is the smallest annual decline of any region in the UK.
  • A total loss of 24,000 jobs is expected between 2007-2017. But the industry has an ageing workforce and so in the next 10 years there will be job opportunities for young people to replace those retiring.

(Skills and the future of Engineering in England 2010, SEMTA, SEMTA & Cogent SSCs' Labour Market Survey 2009, Annual Business Inquiry, NOMIS, Working Futures 2007-2017).