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Sector Overview

The UK’s industrial recovery and growth, and our nation’s ability to respond to challenges, depends on nurturing and sustaining an internationally competitive chemical industry.

  • The UK has a vibrant chemicals market and has an important role to play in the transition to a low carbon economy.
  • The chemical sector has an annual turnover of £60 billion.

  • The industry is consistently the UK’s biggest manufacturing contributor to the national balance of payments, posting an annual £5 billion trade surplus.

  • Supporting the redevelopment of the UK’s base of SMEs will help to address key supply chain weaknesses in the sector.
  • There are also opportunities to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK which will help to fill gaps in UK supply chains.

Sector Details

The Chemicals industry is a multi-billion pound market that has significant exports and employs people in high-value and highly skilled jobs.

  • We recruit a wide range of roles in pharmaceuticals, from procurement and purchasing to logistics and supply chain.
  • The market is changing, with developing countries now able to compete throughout the value chain, so driving growth is critical.
  • Growth is dependent on sourcing the right people to create a competent, diverse and sustainable workforce.

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