Number of people employed in the defense industry in the UK 2010-2019

There were approximately 132,000 people directly employed by the defense industry in the United Kingdom in 2019. This was a decrease of 17.5 percent since the beginning of the reporting period in 2010. According to the UK trade organization representing the aerospace/space, defense and security sectors, the country is currently the second largest exporter of defense equipment and services in the world. The greatest share of which was meant for the air defense market.

Defense industry’s output value

As of 2019, the UK defense industry was worth 24.4 billion British pounds in turnover. It was the only sector within the aerospace and defense segment which had not seen noticeable increases in annual turnover since 2014. By comparison, the closely related Security & Resilience sector had seen a more prominent increase in turnover.

Workforce by function

The greatest share of those employed in the defense industry worked in production and assembly functions. This was closely followed by those employed in research, design and engineering.

Number of people directly employed by the defense industry in the United Kingdom (UK) between 2010 and 2019

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Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

According to the source, figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

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