Working in plastics

The UK plastics industry is the third largest sector by employers within manufacturing. The sector employs over 182,000  people.

More people are employed in the plastics indsutry than in steel, paper and glass combined. Food and Drink is the largest employer with over 450,00 and automotive comes in second with 186,000. The are more employers in the plastics industry than chemical, nuclear, pharmaceutical, , aerospace, marine, defence and mining.

Not only is plastics a huge direct employer in the UK but due to the unique role it plays in the UK manufacturing supply chain it is also a large indirect employer.  For every job created in the plastics industry a total of 2.74 are created in the wider economy (source).

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the world’s longest running plastics trade association and represents and promotes the UK plastics industry.

A career in plastics

For a more detailed look at a career in plastics you can visit our career zone and discover your career pathway.


In the event that you have specific needs and require further assistance, the British Plastics Federation highly recommends Listgrove Ltd – a founder member of the BPF ‘Business support network,’ who are on hand to support all members for recruitment and human resource matters. Established in 1975, Listgrove excels in solving challenging recruitment briefs and offers a wealth of experience when recruiting any functions and all levels of seniority within the plastics and associated sectors, both here in the UK and internationally. Call +44 (0)1789 207070 or email for an initial consultation and to learn how Listgrove’s expert Human Resources and Recruitment Consultants can make the difference. For further information please visit

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