Report sets out 55 per cent growth and job strategy

01 July 2013

Report sets out 55 per cent growth and job strategy

A report contains a strategy to grow electronics systems to £120billion by 2020 and grow jobs to one million.

The growth, an increase of 55 per cent and an additional 150,000 skilled jobs across the country are the targets in the ESCO (Electronics Systems: Challenges and Opportunities) report created for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

The rise from today’s £78billion to £120 billion would place the sector among the top five UK industries. If it supported over one million skilled jobs, it would make it one of the top five UK employers.

Key recommendations include improving supply chains and strategic procurement, the skills pipeline and the formation of a think tank to identify future growth sectors.

It also warns that failure to take immediate action on these recommendations will have implications for the competitiveness of every industrial sector and the UK economy.

For automotive, aerospace, energy and medical vertical sectors, which each have clusters of excellence, allowing the creation of jobs across the UK, the committee wants to establish a think tank ‘Markets of Tomorrow’ to invest in future growth technologies.

The report also emphasised the need to establish closer links between the electronic systems community, manufacturers and service providers in the key vertical sectors as well as fostering stronger partnerships at the R&D and technology development stages.

To attract more of the brightest young people into careers in the industry, there was particular emphasis on creating awareness of the sector’s importance and career opportunities, apprenticeships and graduate skills initiatives - such as the UK Electronics Skills Foundation.

The committee is also working with the UK Border Agency’s Migration Advisory Committee to ensure talent is attracted to and remains in the UK. It hopes to build in the fact that the UK is a ‘leading innovator in the electronic systems sector’, and 14 of the world’s top 20 semiconductor companies have established design and/or manufacturing operations in the UK.

The report calls for a long-term strategic approach between government and industry to ensure that the right ecosystem is in place to encourage the investment and entrepreneurship that will trigger the rise of high-growth enterprises.


The initiative was led by trade bodies NMI, GAMBICA and Intellect alongside Semta, UKEA and ESP KTN with chairman, Jamie Urquhart, Pond Ventures; Warren East, ARM; Steven Beaumont, University of Glasgow; Indro Mukerjee, Plastic Logic; Keith Williams, Altran; Joe Willson, Emerson UK; Sir Hossein Yassaie, Imagination Technologies and Chris Carr, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills


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