Chemical 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.

Chemical 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.

See what our clients have to say…

I have found that the level of service and professionalism is exceptional. For me, one of the most important aspects of any relationship is ongoing communication and ensuring that I am kept up to speed with a process and how this is progressing and this is certainly an element of the service provided that I feel is a strength of Cast.

Karen Owen

HR Business Partner at JD Sports


Cast UK recently completed a large recruitment assignment on our behalf, recruiting all required employees at every level from Operations Manager through to drivers for a newly constructed site in Harlow. They fulfilled all of the project’s requirements within a very tight timescale to a very high standard.

Their knowledge of our business & culture alongside their sector specialist expertise make it a pleasure to work with Cast UK

Stuart Fairbairn

Head of HR, Bunzl Catering Services


Cast UK take real time to get to know us as a business and really get under the skin of what the role is, what we’re looking for, the culture fit of the business and make sure that they are really trying to find us the absolute best people. We can always rely on Cast  to give us some advice in terms of who’s on the market at the moment and what they are looking for from us as an employer

We’ve got a really great relationship with Cast UK and one that we hope will flourish over the years.

Clare Archibald

HR Manager at Ella's Kitchen


Abbey recognises that the increased demand for excellent logistics candidates in the UK means we need to work hard to attract the best talent in the industry to maintain a top level of service for our Blue Chip clientele. We are confident that Cast UK can provide us with candidates that have the right knowledge and experience to allow us to continue our expansion going forward.

Steve Granite

Managing Director at Abbey Logistics Group


Cast UK spent considerable time making sure they understood our business and the role thoroughly, touring our warehouse and investigating exactly what was required. They worked in partnership with us to ensure that our business and culture were matched incredibly well with the best candidates, we were very impressed.
Cast UK’s depth of knowledge regarding our sector and the role’s requirements were second to none.

Chris Illingworth

Finance & Operations Director at Widdop, Bingham & Co ltd.


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