UK Manufacturing - What you can learn from our latest survey data

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In order to keep our finger on the pulse of UK manufacturing, we run surveys throughout the year to get information direct from manufacturers themselves.

In this first quarter of 2018 our members answered questions covering a range of pertinent topics in the sector, from labour turnover to EU migration. Data from these surveys has already been used in several reports (with more to come), as well as utilised in our discussions and consultations with Government.

Here’s a quick rundown of the reports we’ve produced this year using our survey data.

Taking the temperature of UK mfg

We constantly keep an eye on the state of manufacturing, and are always seeking information from manufacturers themselves. This year we’ve already released two reports looking at what manufacturers are expecting and experiencing in 2018. These reports are essential for anyone who needs to get up to speed on the current state of the sector.  


Executive Survey 2018

Based on data from our survey at the end of 2017, we provide manufacturers' perspective on the growth opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, including growth in their business, across the UK and the global economy, and their predictions for 2018. The report also provides an early warning of issues that could cause wobbles and uncertainties. Our Chief Economist discusses headlines from the report here.

Manufacturing Outlook 2018 Q1 spotlight

Manufacturing Outlook 2018 Q1

Our quarterly economic tracker, taking the temperature of UK manufacturing. Manufacturers began 2018 upbeat on the back of an improvement in global demand and pick-up in the UK market. Our resident economists have written blogs on the headline figures, how these breakdown by sector, and our forecasts.

Business intelligence

As well as representation, we’ve been busy putting together reports for UK manufacturing companies to use to benchmark themselves against the rest of their industry.


Standby and Call-Out Benchmark 2018
This report looks at the types of employees that are asked to be on standby/called out, the reasons why and the range of allowances provided. Read about the key trends


Labour Turnover 2018

The latest data on labour turnover for companies to benchmark the level of churn in their business. The report details the trends in employee movement in manufacturing in the last year, looking at the data by type of employee and giving breakdowns by company size, sector and region.

EEF’s Head of Information & Research teamed up with our Chief Economist Lee Hopley for a
deeper look into the turnover data.


EEF Absence Benchmark 2018
The annual Absence Benchmark provides a quick and simple guide to the latest trends in absence, examining both the absence rate and the average number of days lost per employee. According to the benchmark the overall absence rate dropped in 2017 to 2.2%, down slightly from 2.3% in the previous year.

But wait, there's more!

We still have reports on absence rates, holiday allowances, migration, export support and climate change planned for release later this year (so watch this space), and of course more primary research, with surveys on workforce mobility, company productivity, the 4th industrial revolution, and environmental legislation still to come this year.

If you’d like to find out more about our research, or how to take part, please contact our Information and Research team:



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