Made in Group's inaugural Big People & Skills Report highlights a crucial trend in modern manufacturing: digital skills are now indispensable for success. The digitisation of production, emphasising connectivity, data analysis, and programming, has reshaped industry's talent requirements. Key findings from the report include expectations of double-digit growth by 4 in 5 companies over the next year, 3 in 5 reporting increased recruitment challenges compared to the pre-pandemic period, and 78% ranking digital skills as a top priority.
The results of Made in Group’s inaugural Big Sustainability Report show that sustainability is an increasingly important boardroom priority for manufacturing decision-makers but companies, SMEs in particular, require guidance and support to accelerate progress. Initial steps already taken by firms include investing in energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems and introducing company-wide recycling schemes. Overall, however, it appears that more progress has been made in operations compared to production activities. Likely reflecting the cost and complexity of installing energy efficient lighting versus re-engineering products or investing in new machinery.