Only 13% of manufacturing workers who lose their jobs find another manufacturing job within twelve months according to a new survey by manufacturing union Amicus.
In a survey of redundant manufacturing workers, Amicus found that 61% were out of work twelve months later. Of the 37% of workers who do find employment within a year, almost two-thirds are not in manufacturing. Of those who had found a new job, 64% were earning less and their pay dropped by an average of 40%.
The findings support the union’s claim that skilled manufacturing jobs, once lost, are never replaced.
Roger James, Regional Secretary for the South West said, ‘These figures are a tragedy for the skilled workers in the South West left jobless or forced to take menial and low paid jobs to support their families.
‘We have already lost valuable and highly skilled worker’s due to the haemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs in the South West and if the Government doesn’t do something soon to protect British workers and stem the tide of job losses we will be left without a manufacturing sector altogether.’
Amicus is campaigning for the introduction of stronger employment protection and greater investment in research and development and skills and training to boost UK manufacturing productivity and make redundancies a more difficult and expensive option.
Nearly 90% of Amicus survey respondents said that the Government should introduce stronger employment legislation. Only 1.6% of those questioned were on a job-related training scheme within twelve months of losing their manufacturing job.