A UK Government published report has found that the UK is behind other advanced nations in overall productivity (output per worker), which is in part due to lower levels of adoption of manufacturing automation technology and “falling seriously behind” its competitors.
Citing the example of industrial robots, the report, chaired by Siemens UK CEO Professor Juergen Maier, points out that the UK has only 33 robots per 10,000 employed, compared to 93 for the US and 170 for Germany – and the gap is widening. Germany, it adds, invests 6.6 times more than the UK in automation, although its manufacturing sector is only 2.7 times bigger.
The report, suggests several reasons why the UK is falling behind, including:
The full report is available here.