UK defence and security: Delivering national security, prosperity and innovation

The UK defence and security sectors make a major contribution to UK national security and prosperity through highly skilled jobs, world-leading innovation and exports.

These sectors deliver national growth and investment, with a combine turnover of £60.2bn and £27.1bn valued added in 2020.

UK defence and security sectors provide innovation and diverse expertise that equip UK Armed Forces, Police and Security Services with cutting-edge capabilities and solutions to protect the UK’s people, places and prosperity.

The sectors also provide a high-tech, high-skill, high-wage economy, employing over 302,000 people with an average salary of £37,750, 20% higher than the national average.

This week will see a showcase of the UK’s world-leading defence and security capabilities at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) at London’s ExCel.