UK Defence Outlook 2019

The UK’s defence industry continues to make a major contribution to growth and prosperity in every part of the country. Growing productivity over many years and competing successfully around the world.

The defence sector directly employs 135,000 people in the UK, delivering high value jobs for a highly skilled workforce, and supports 4,400 apprentices across the sector. The UK is the second largest defence exporter in the world with £9bn of export orders in 2017,and an industry turnover in 2018 of £22.7bn.

The positive story told by the figures set out in this ADS Outlook report show the benefits achieved in recent years by a strong partnership between the industry and UK Government. The UK defence sector helps deliver the equipment and services that our armed forces and secuirty services need in order to safeguard national security. ,

£1.8bn was spent on defence R&D in 2017, with 30,000 sector jobs in design and engineering rolls across the sector. High skilled jobs play a huge part in driving UK prosperity and economic growth in the defence sector to the value of £8.9bn in 2018.

As we look ahead to the future, this brief report provides more strong evidence of a sector with a bright future in the UK. We can look forward confidently to the defence industry continuing to play a major role in delivering growth and prosperity in all nations and regions across the country.


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