|Direct employees of MPA Member companies (excluding cement and precast)||19,940||22,021|
|Direct employees of MPA Cement members||2,548||2,517|
Jobs were lost in the industry and amongst its suppliers during the recession but there has been a more positive position over the past 18 months. Although it is difficult to generate precise industry data due to the level of contracting and self-employment, MPA data collected for the purposes of health and safety analyses and independent analyses indicates that in total industry businesses directly employ around 35,000 people with a further 35,000 jobs supported by the industry.
The fact that employment in the mineral products industry is spread through every part of the UK and is especially prevalent in rural areas is of particular significance. Geographical spread is key feature of industry employment, and is particularly important in rural communities where it makes an important contribution to local economies. Significant industry initiatives are underway to ensure that industry employees are fully trained and have continuing career opportunities. The MPA sponsored PRIME (Professional Recognition In Mineral Extraction) project particularly promotes the concept of CPD to all levels within the industry and encourages a more active workforce engagement. The project will also focus on the upskilling and forward development of individuals through “TPD” Total Professional Development.
The industry continues to promote the range of career opportunities available to young people through localised activity and through www.careersinquarrying.co.uk.