Sectors we cover
As strategic advisors to our clients, our ability to support their business growth and source exceptional talent relies on a deep understanding of the sectors in which they operate.
Retail & Wholesale
Retail and wholesale has seen major changes with the rise of online shopping. There’s been considerable growth in the number of warehousing units occupied (32%), with 3PLs and online retailers being the main buyers.
The pandemic has accelerated the inevitable: online buying is the future. Now, the retail sector must keep pace with digital transformation in a dynamic world. With a shift to warehouses, and the majority of logistics centre roles being dominated by males, they must consider how people are incorporated into their strategy.
The UK is the third largest market for eCommerce in the world. What’s more, the sector accounts for over 25% of all UK retail sales, with this figure expected to reach almost a third by 2024.
Digital transformation is evidently at the core – and eCommerce industry players need to be forward-thinking and analytical to stay one step ahead of the game.
The UK manufacturing sector is strong and Britain is currently recognised as the 11th largest manufacturing nation across the globe. Employing 2.6 million people, manufacturing makes up 11% of UK GVA and 54% of UK exports.
Productivity has increased 45% in a decade, contributing a third to the UK’s total productivity and it’s good news that total exports to the BRICs countries are up 360%. Many of the UK’s manufacturers are looking overseas for growth in terms of sales and profitability.
The UK’s engineering sector employs almost six million people across a broad spectrum of roles and accounts for estimated 27% of the UK’s GDP. Talent is in demand within the industry as it has been forecast that engineering employers will need to recruit 2.56 million people by 2022, and 257,000 of these will be new vacancies.
The industry is working hard to attract a more diverse workforce to realign the existing gender bias towards men and to encourage people from a wider range of backgrounds to work in the sector.
The UK logistics industry is worth £74.45 billion to the economy and employs around 2.2 million people in more than 196,000 companies.
In 2014 the UK rose to 4th position in the World Bank’s list of top logistics performers, behind Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. 1 in 12 working people in the UK is employed in logistics.
Contributing 5% of GDP, and employing around 10 million people, the transport industry is absolutely vital to the UK economy. Yet they’re battling significant challenges, including the pressure to reduce their carbon footprint.
They must find ways to streamline processes and increase efficiency, whilst balancing the lack of gender and cultural diversity that’s proving to be a key issue.
Food & Drink
Worth almost £29 billion, the food and drink industry is the largest and most valuable manufacturing sector in the UK. It plays a crucial role in our economy, employing over 440,000 people and with a turnover surpassing £104bn.
But the industry must tackle challenges like reducing food waste and emissions, plus better meet customer demand as healthier lifestyles continue to grow in popularity.
Fast moving consumer goods are categorised as 'essential items' that enable us to live well. The speed element has earned its definition due to the fact that they are the quickest items to leave the shelves at the supermarket, and are often the lowest price as a result. By nature, FMCG goods work on the basis of high volume output given the margins dictated by low cost.
The FMCG industry is a multi-million pound sector, made up of a huge spectrum of recognised brand names. Cleaning and laundry products, over the counter medicines, personal care items and food make up a high proportion of the sector, but it also applies to paper products, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, plastic goods, printing and stationary, alcoholic drinks, tobacco and cigarettes.
The chemicals sector is at the very foundation of the UK’s manufacturing industries and is behind a wide variety of products, ranging from lightweight polymers, through to medicines, clean drinking water and even the food we eat.
Around 600,000 people are currently employed in the industry, accounting for 15% of UK manufacturing GVA.
The manufacture of pharmaceutical products and preparations accounted for £13.34 billion of current price GVA in 2013, approximately 0.8% of the total economy.
The UK is a leading life sciences producer and exporter with a large number of world-class companies specialising in R&D and biotech products.
UK aerospace has a 17% global market share. The sector employs more than 3,000 companies across the UK and creates annual revenues of over £24 billion, exporting around 75% of everything it produces.
The sector employs 100,000 people and is expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% over the next few years, prompted by a global increase in air traffic, which is anticipated to double in the next 15 years.
Automotive is one of the UK’s leading export sectors by value. It provides around 129,000 jobs in over 2,700 businesses and accounts for 7.3% of manufacturing output. In the half-year from January to June 2014, the UK-based car industry had its best year in new car sales in nine years.
To put it into context, every 20 seconds a car, van, bus or truck rolls off a UK production line. Over 80% of these are exported to more than 100 countries, contributing significantly to the UK’s global competitiveness.
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