Strong outlook for manufacturing sector

Activity in the UK manufacturing sector remained solid in May, and output is expected to rise strongly in the next three months, the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows.

Output volumes continued to grow at the same rate as in the previous two months, and with stronger growth anticipated for the coming quarter.

The survey of 437 manufacturers found that total order books remained well above the long-run average. Export orders fell below normal, mainly driven by the chemicals and automotive sectors, but remained strong by historical standards.

Do you agree with the CBI assessment?

I am continuing to see strong growth across the sectors I coach. Are you feeling the effect as the whole supply chain gets the bounce from larger businesses?

via CBI: Strong outlook for manufacturing sector.

_75537483_m3820534-headacheSickness absence at record low says industry body

Are you managing your employee attendance?

If you’re a SME business experiencing significantly more than 3% then It’s effecting your bottom line. Further more you’re putting stress on the rest of your team, the business performance, or the consistency of your delivery to the customer.

The EEF said this month the rise in longer term illness may be as a result of the recession

The number of days taken off work through sickness is at a record low, says industry body the EEF.

The survey of 330 firms over the past two years showed overall levels of absence reached a record low of 2.1%, equal to 4.9 days per worker per year.

However, employers reported a rise in workers with mental health problems.

The EEF statement said this “possibly reflects, for the first time, evidence of the effect on employees of the long period of recession and austerity”.

Although short-term absences have fallen, long-term illnesses have risen.

via BBC News – Sickness absence at record low says industry body.