The regional distribution of the establishments in the sector reflects the distribution of all establishments in England with two exceptions. The sector is under-represented in London with 8% distribution of establishments compared to 19% of all industries. In the West Midlands, the sector is over-represented (17% distribution compared to 10%).
The South West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and the East of England tend to have the highest proportion of establishments reporting hard-to-fill and skill shortage vacancies. London has the lowest proportion of establishments reporting vacancies. The engineering sector is predominant in the West Midlands which has one of the lowest proportion of establishments reporting vacancies.