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Industries in the UK

Published Friday, October 2, 2015

This note presents data on the value and relative contribution of major industries to the UK economy

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This note presents data on the contribution of industries to the UK economy

In 2014:

  • The economic output of the service industries was worth £1.3 trillion, 80% of all UK economic output.
  • Manufacturing output was worth £150 billion, 9% of the total.
  • Construction output was worth £110 billion, 6% of the total.

Employment by industry is broadly in-line with output. In 2014:

  • The service industries employed 23.8 million people, 85% of UK workers
  • Manufacturing employed 2.4 million people, 8% of the total
  • The construction industry employed 1.3 million people, 4% of the total

 Over the past few decades, the industrial make-up of the UK has changed markedly.

  • In 1990, the manufacturing industry contributed 19% of UK total economic output, down to 9% in 2014.
  • The service industries contributed 67% of the total in 1990, compared to 80% in 2014.

Industrial output since 1990

Commons Briefing papers SN06623

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Construction industry, Economic situation, Industry, Manufacturing industries, Service industries

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