Computer Professions Rise as Manufacturing Jobs Decline

The number of people working in computer programming and consulting has increased by more than 250,000 workers in the last decade, according to Census data.

There were an additional 274,000 people working in the industry in 2021 compared to 2011, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

At the same time, traditional industries such as manufacturing, printing and reproduction, and publishing experienced widespread decline.

The data marks a shift towards the digitization of society and changing cultural norms, although the ONS did not detail the reasons behind the changes in work patterns.

The increase in employment in computer programming and consultancy was particularly marked in areas such as Cambridge, where there was a 90% increase to 5,600 people working in the sector. The figure means that almost 1 in 12 were employed in the industry.

But it wasn’t even the largest percentage. In Wokingham there was the highest percentage of workers in the industry of around 1 in 9 of those on the job. Across England, that average was 3%.

IT even overtook finance as what the ONS described as “a major area of ​​employment” in London.

London continued to rank first for accounting and legal services, but the proportion of residents employed in accounting and legal services fell in the capital and rose slightly across England.

The central areas of the capital now also have a higher percentage of residents working in scientific research and development.

Telecommunications work moved to northern cities, away from the southern areas of England.

Other industries saw changes across the country as society and the economy changed.

The growth of online shopping brought more jobs to support delivery, particularly in the East and West Midlands.

The number of people who reported working in transportation and storage increased by around 17% in both areas in the ten years.

Similarly, there are now 13% more working in film, television and music production. The numbers increased by 116,000 people in the 2021 census. Just under half of the people working in this industry lived in London, the data showed.

The data was collected during the week of the census, when workers were asked about their occupation at that time.


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