The top employment sectors are:
Business, financial and professional services (79,000 employees)
Head offices of: JCB, Michelin UK, Bet365, and Vodafone's contact services are located here.
Manufacturing (55,000 people)
There are over 40 automotive companies in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, with a particular focus on engines and turbines, fluid power equipment, electrical wiring, tyres and construction machinery.
The area is home to global brands, including: Magna Automotive, Michelin, Johnson Controls and Pirelli.
(The JCB Academy is one of the UK’s first university technical colleges for manufacturing and engineering.)
Building on heritage
There are many companies that produce the traditional ceramic wares that Staffordshire and The Potteries are so famous for, that are still present in the region today. Technical ceramics is a growing area and advanced materials are being developed to support the automotive, construction, energy and healthcare industries with over 400 enterprises involved. For example: Lucideon, a leading materials technology research company.
In total, 7,000 people are employed in the ceramics sector and 26,300 are employed in advanced materials activities across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Jaguar Land Rover and several other manufacturing businesses are located at the i54 South Staffordshire technology-based business park, which opened in 2012. The Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone was launched in 2015 and has been attracting businesses to its six development sites spread across land near the A500 road. In planning is the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group (MICG).
Future: Ceramics Group tech campus, a development in North Staffordshire supported by JCB, Rolls-Royce and Lucideon, which promises to create 4,000 jobs by 2030.
Transport and storage (39,000 people)
Employment hotspots for freight transport by road, warehousing and storage:
- Cannock Chase
Employment in the sector is more than twice the English average (5%) in Cannock (12.5%) and Newcastle-under-Lyme (10%).
Major distribution operations here include:
- Alliance Boots
- APC Overnight
- Asda George
- Marks & Spencer
- Pets at Home