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Jobs boost as UK attracts increased overseas investment

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The figures announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable indicate that companies investing in the UK are continuing to succeed, laying the foundations…

The figures announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable indicate that companies investing in the UK are continuing to succeed, laying the foundations for growth across the country. Inward investment created 52,741 new jobs, a 26% increase on 2010/11, and secured 59,918 existing jobs, an increase of 14%.

The UK continues to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other European country, generating more than a thousand new jobs each week.

Jobs have increased across a range of sectors, including advanced engineering, life sciences, environmental technologies and the creative industries. A 22 per cent rise in manufacturing projects shows the crucial role of inward investment in helping rebalance the economy

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“These figures are a clear demonstration that international investors have confidence in the UK. Despite a difficult international economic climate, more jobs have been_ _created and secured than in any year for over a decade.

“Openness to investment is crucial for sustainable economic growth, and the Government has worked hard to ensure UK remains attractive to companies around the globe. A reduced and simplified tax burden and a clear headed approach to rebalancing the economy have helped maintain our position as the top destination in Europe in which to do business.

“The bottom line is that firms of all sizes believe that if they come to the UK, they will grow and succeed.”

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said:

“In an intensely competitive economic environment, the Government will continue to work to win and maintain the confidence of the international business community. Through the most competitive tax system in Europe, coupled with support and advice for entrepreneurs, and a renewed drive to market the UK overseas, we’ll continue to support existing investors and reach out to emerging economies and industries.”

The UK attracted investment from 58 countries. The USA remains the largest investor and China is now the third largest creator of new projects. After the US, French investment generated more jobs than investment from any other country.

**Notes to editors

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  1. Inward investment results are available online at: www.ukti.gov.uk

  2. The inward investment figures count: all new investment or expansion in the UK by an overseas owned company; retained UK investment by an existing overseas-owned company that faced closure or rationalisation and where investment in training, processes/technology, equipment and/or buildings is expected within the next three years; joint venture or merger/acquisition, where the foreign owned company has more than a 50 per cent stake in a previously UK based company; new investment by a global entrepreneur that meets one or more of these criteria; and R&D Project successes that meet the criteria for an FDI project.

  3. 2011-2012 Key statistics

- 52,741 new jobs created up 26% on 2010/11 (41,936)
- 59,918 safeguarded jobs up 14% on 2010/11 (52,662)
- Total 112,659 associated jobs (new and safeguarded) up 19% on 2010/11 (94,598)
- 2011/12 1,406 projects - down 2% on 2010/11 (1,434)

  1. Projects by project type

Project Type**

Projects in 2011/12 & % of total**

Associated Jobs** in 2011/12 & % of total**

Acquisitions, JVs & Mergers

148

11%

50,215**

45%**

Expansions

506

36%

40,907**

36%**

New

752

53%

21,537**

19%**

Totals

1,406**

112,659**

Source: UK Trade and Investment 2012__

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  1. Projects by project nature


Project Nature**

Projects **in 2011/12 & % of total**

% change between 2010/11 & 2011/12**

Associated Jobs** in 2011/12 & % of total**

Services

617

44%

Up**

4%**

51,408

45%

Manufacturing

256

18%

Up**

22%**

36,269

32%

HQ

286

20%

Up**

4%**

6,552

6%

R&D

162

12%

Down 25%**

10,205

9%

Distribution

38

3%

Down**

42%**

3,465

3%

Contact Centres

35

3%

Down 49%**

3,803

4%

E-commerce

12

1%

Up ****

71%

957

1%

Totals

1,406**

Down ****

2%

112,659**


  1. Projects by sector

Sector**

Projects **in 2011/12 & % of total**

Associated Jobs** in 2011/12 **

& % of total**

Advanced Engineering

145

10%

17,379

15%

Business Services

74

5%

6,841

4%

Creative & Media

87

6%

6,328

5%

Environmental Technologies

113

8%

7,580

7%

ICT

103

7%

5,627

5%

Financial Services

123

9%

5,933

6%

Life Sciences

137

10%

10,021

9%

Software & Computer Services

233

17%

8,198

8%

Other

391

28%

44,752

39%

Totals

1,406**

112,659



  1. Projects by country of origin

Summary of the top 15 markets supplying FDI projects:



Country

**No of Projects in 2011/12 **

(& position in 2010/11 based on project numbers)**


Projects **in 2011/12 & % of total**


Associated Jobs** in 2011/12 **

& % of total**

1. USA (1st)**

336

24%

37,525

33%

2. Italy (10th)**

98

7%

1,673

1%

3. China (7th)**

92

7%

2,116

2%

4. Japan (2nd)**

88

6%

7,818

7%

5. India (3rd)**

81

6%

5,454

5%

6. Germany (4th)**

66

5%

4,994

4%

7. France (5th)**

65

5%

12,038

11%

8. Canada (6th)**

59

4%

1,342

1%

9. Switzerland**

(12th)**

54

4%

2,970

3%

10. Australia (9th)**

51

3%

1,500

1%

11. Spain (8th)**

48

3%

2,476

2%

12. Netherlands (13th)**

36

2%**

5,829

6%

13. Ireland (11th)**

32

2%

1,928

2%

14. Denmark (16th)**

22

1%

3,940

3%

15. Sweden (14th)**

21

1%

648

1%

Rest of EU**

83

6%

5,442

5%

Rest of World**

174

13%

14,966

13%

Totals**

1,406**

112,659**

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