Sector employment is concentrated in:
- North West (14%)
- Yorkshire and the Humber (13%)
- East Midlands (13%)
- Scotland (12%)
As a proportion of employment, Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East experienced the greatest employment decline between 2000 and 2007 (-25% each). In terms of employment numbers, Yorkshire and the Humber has suffered the largest job losses; more than 17,000 jobs were lost between 2000 and 2007. Wales has, however, seen a 4% increase in jobs over the same period.
Sector workplaces are concentrated in: Scotland (13%); North West (13%); Yorkshire and the Humber (11%); and South West (11%). Within Scotland, the majority of workplaces are in the bakery, wholesale of other food (including fish, crustaceans and molluscs), and beverages sub-sectors.
Source: UK Labour Market Information Profile 2009/2010