“Security sector witnesses 57% growth since 2012” advises ADS in Facts and Figures Guide

Paul Everitt: CEO at ADS

Paul Everitt: CEO at ADS

The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries are now worth £74 billion per annum to the UK and achieved £41 billion in export revenues in 2017. The four sectors now collectively employ 380,000 people, including 12,000 apprentices.

These statistics are revealed in the 2018 Industry Facts and Figures Guide from ADS which shows that the security and resilience sector has witnessed 57% growth since 2012 and is worth £11.9 billion per annum in annual turnover, with 107,000 direct employees.

The defence sector, which delivers the equipment and services that the Armed Forces and Security Services need in order to safeguard national security, directly employs 140,000 people in the UK and is worth more than £22 billion in annual turnover.

The UK’s aerospace sector has risen to be worth £35 billion per annum, with £30 billion in exports, while the industry has achieved growth of 39% since 2012.

Meanwhile, the fast-growing space sector is worth nearly £15 billion per annum in turnover, with £5.4 billion in exports and 71% growth post-2012.

Commenting on these headline statistics, ADS CEO Paul Everitt stated: “The 2018 ADS Industry Facts and Figures Guide shows the strength of the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries. The statistics are a powerful indicator of the skills, innovation and collaboration that makes these important UK sectors so competitive in markets around the world. Each of our four industries has made a substantial contribution to UK prosperity, created high-value jobs for thousands of people in every part of the country and pioneered groundbreaking technologies.”

Everitt continued: “As the national Trade Association for these sectors, ADS is working to support them in domestic and overseas markets, build successful industrial strategies in partnership with Government and deliver a Brexit deal that ensures a stable transition and retains the UK’s leading position in these industries. We will continue to strive to support and promote our industries, working all the while with Government to ensure their future prosperity and enabling them to unleash their full creative potential.”

*The ADS 2018 Industry Facts and Figures Guide is available to view online at https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/facts/facts-figures-2018/

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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