New Data Dashboard shows value of electrical industry to UK economy

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) has launched an innovative Data Dashboard that shows the significant contribution made by the electrical sector to the UK economy.

The animated online tool provides instant facts and figures about the industry, including number of business and people employed, collective turnover and how the UK electrical sector is split in terms of types work carried out.

Highlights include:

  • More than 47,000 businesses, 99% of which are ‘small’ (i.e. fewer than 50 employees)
  • More than 340,000 individuals employed: a 17% increase since 2015
  • More than 26,000 electrical apprentices currently in training

Hosted on the TESP website, it also shows regional statistics for England, Scotland and Wales, as well as apprentices and adult trainees recruited and currently in training across the UK.

The dashboard also reveals the growth in workforce, turnover and businesses – including micro-businesses – that the sector has enjoyed since 2015 and is designed to be updated to reflect ongoing activity.

Ruth Devine, Chair of TESP and Managing Director of SJD Electrical, says: “This dashboard is an engaging way to find out more about today’s electrical industry and the massive contribution it makes to the UK economy.

“It’s easy to navigate and understand, and it shows at a glance the value of our industry across a wide range of relevant categories.”

The dashboard was developed by Scotland’s largest trade association, SELECT, with input from fellow TESP partners ECA, JIB, National Electrotechnical Training and Unite, utilising research with industry employers.

Ruth adds: “This new tool demonstrates the growth that has been enjoyed in the past few years as the industry continues to embrace new technology and innovative ways of working.

“We will continue to use it to keep track of what we hope will be an encouraging and positive contribution to our electric future.”

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