Scottish Engineering’s Quarterly Review is a trends survey of the manufacturing engineering industry produced from information gathered from our member companies. It is distributed to all member companies, MSPs, MPs, MEPs, relevent government and university departments and the Press.
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Engineering Exports Impacted Amid Deep Concern
Scotland’s voice for Engineering Manufacturing reports this quarter on the impact already felt by Brexit uncertainty and the concern of greater threat from a No-Deal Exit. The impact shows exports at negative levels unseen since 2016, with business optimism negative for the first time in three years. The industry body reflects a deep concern across industry that the new Prime Minister and Cabinet are following a course with an unacceptably high probability of a no-deal Brexit, an outcome which business has rejected across the board.
Scottish Engineering’s Chief Executive Paul Sheerin added: “The UK’s current position seems unthinkable, in that we have a situation where the government appears to be ignoring the very people and businesses – who actually understand what it takes to import and export the goods that sustain our society and economy. And they are saying quite clearly – whatever else you do, don’t do this.”
Addressing a consequence from the same topic, Scottish Engineering’s members have also expressed their concern around the UK government’s immigration white paper, repeating the requirement for flexibility in immigration policy which addresses Scotland’s unique needs. Three in ten companies reported reliance on availability of non-UK Nationals for skills and resource and six in ten reject the proposed salary threshold of £30k for eligible roles.
NEXT QUARTERLY REVIEW IS DECEMBER 2019