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​The UK is a truly global contender in the Process Industry sector.  The Chemical and Pharmaceutical sector alone is the Country’s largest manufacturing sector with a turnover of £50bn each year. The growth in jobs has been an astonishing 11% in the chemicals sector and 10% in the pharmaceutical industry. There are a total of 30,000 full-time equivalent roles in research and development showing the strength of the UK’s expanding science base.  On top of this, you can add power generation, energy from waste and waste processing sectors.

Our client base covers industrial chemicals, fine chemicals, speciality chemicals, bio/fuels, detergents, oil and gas, energy from waste, waste processing and power generation and more, including regulated environments of Top tier COMAH, hazardous waste and bio-pharmaceutical.  

Morgan Ryder was established in 2002 in Liverpool in the middle of the £10 Billion Chemical Sector within the North West of England.  We have successfully built strong recruitment partnerships with some of the largest and most pre-eminent chemical manufacturers and suppliers in the area and these relationships have long since been extended throughout the UK.

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest in the UK and plays an important role in our economy. We have collated some of the most recent and interesting facts and figures about the sector to provide a snapshot of information about how the sector has performed in recent years, as well as identifying key trends and issues that the chemical industry is currently facing. TheUK chemical and pharmaceutical industry is the second largest in the UK, with only the food, beverages and tobacco processing sector above them, making the industry an integral part of UK manufacturing. In fact, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry adds c£18 billion of value to the UK economy every year, from a total annual turnover of £50 billion.

The chemical industry is prevalent in the North. As reported by both CEFIC and the CIA, the Northwest of England is the leading chemical producer in the UK, followed by Scotland, the Northeast, and the Yorkshire/Humber areas. The Northwest of England chemical industry is worth £10 billion, and this huge value is supported by organisations such as Chemicals Northwest to focus on the “the interests and activities of the chemical-using industries” in this area. However, London and the Southeast are growing in importance due to businesses locating their headquarters in the capital.

Trade is an essential part of the industry’s makeup and performance. Notably, the chemical industry in the UK comprises some of the highest exporting and importing companies of any sector. The uncertainty of Brexit may have a damaging impact on the sector as how businesses in the UK will trade with those in the EU and beyond is subject to change – igniting debates around whether the UK will be able to strike its own trade deals with both the EU and the rest of the world or remain in a customs union with the EU.

31% of everything manufactured in the UK chemical industry is exported to other countries, as reported by Santander – a figure to be considered when debating the future of trade for the UK.

Our experience in this sector spans:

  • Industrial Chemicals

  • Household Chemicals

  • Aroma & Fine Chemicals

  • Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs)

  • Top Tier COMAH


  • Agricultural Chemicals

  • Oils & Fuels

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