In contrast, only 2.2% in London work in the manufacturing sector, or around 112,000 people, according to figures from the Business Register and the Office for National Statistics Employment Survey.
Labor is urging ministers to reconsider the decision to end the treasury leave support program in October, arguing that the resulting layoffs in the most vulnerable sectors risk worsening and entrenching regional inequalities.
Jonathan Reynolds, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: ‘We are in the midst of a UK-wide jobs crisis, but these numbers show some areas are more at risk than others . The government’s one-size-fits-all approach will see some communities hit harder and they need to take a more responsive approach now if we are to avoid further job losses.
Manufacturing trade group Make UK conducted a survey of its members in July, indicating that companies planning to layoffs in the next six months had fallen from 25% to 53% in two months.
Matthew Pennycook, a shadow minister for affairs, said the figures clearly suggested that parts of England would be disproportionately affected by the jobs crisis.
“The Labor Party calls on the government to reverse its damaging comprehensive approach to withdrawing leave, which does not take into account the circumstances of different sectors or the impact on communities which have a proud history in these industries,” he said. -he declares.
“The government needs to do the right thing for these communities and businesses, and help them navigate the crisis by targeting support, not removing the liferaft while the storm is still raging.
Around 9 million workers have benefited from the leave scheme, whereby the government pays 80% of their wages – up to £ 2,500 per month.
The program was supposed to end in July but was extended by Chancellor Rishi Sunak until October. It is not planned to continue beyond this date.
A government spokesperson said: ‘We have moved quickly to provide one of the most generous and comprehensive sets of support in the world, with an initial value of £ 160 billion for all sectors, including including the manufacturing industry.
“This includes supporting almost 9.6 million jobs through the leave scheme that UK employers have used to support their staff.”
Government support for business includes the manufacturing sector, which it says has received over £ 50bn in loans and flexibility with tax bills. The commercial department also highlighted the Manufacturing Made Smarter program to improve industrial digital technologies, which the government says could increase manufacturing productivity in the UK by up to 30%.