Manufacturing skills shortage to be tackled by new partnership between The Manufacturer and Michael Page

Posted on 6 Jun 2022 by The Manufacturer

Today, The Manufacturer announces a new strategic partnership with global recruitment specialists Michael Page to address the chronic skills issues faced by the UK manufacturing sector.

The multi-channel partnership will bolster the premier industry publication’s market leading news, features, insights and events programmes, while continuing to promote best practice for manufacturing boardrooms and senior management in the manufacturing industry.

The partnership comes as global macro issues like COVID-19, Brexit and global political instability further exacerbate pressure on an already skills-short sector. The strategic alliance will seek to combat the challenges facing the manufacturing industry from a skills perspective and provide the tools to help it thrive by attracting new talent that taps in to more modern, digitalised ways of working.

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Director of The Manufacturer, Henry Anson, said: “We simply must encourage more people into the manufacturing sector, particularly those with forward thinking ideas and desirable digital skillsets. The industry needs to embrace the opportunities afforded by a more digitalised and connected world. That’s why I am so pleased that Michael Page, with its unrivalled experience and impressive heritage in the manufacturing recruitment space, is joining forces with us to offer practical advice, expertise and guidance to our audience.”

Michael Page will be the headline sponsor of The Manufacturer Top 100 programme, which recognises the heroes of UK manufacturing who stand out for their contribution to the changing face of the industry. It will also sponsor the People and Skills category in The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX) and be a regular contributor of thought leadership and industry insight in columns, articles and on The Manufacturer’s podcast.

Henry continued: “I am delighted to be working with an organisation with the pedigree of Michael Page on the incredibly important and fundamental issue of drawing new, crucial skills to the sector. I am sure that together we can shift the dial on the perception of manufacturing as a long-term, secure, well paid and vibrant sector to work in.”

Doug Rode, UK&I Managing Director at Michael Page, added: “It’s fantastic to be recognised by such a respected institution as the recruitment partner of choice for the manufacturing sector in the UK. With a focus on sustainability, innovation, and the power of humans to drive success, The Manufacturer reflects our own values here at Michael Page. It’s a privilege to work with them on both celebrating and raising the profile of the talent in the manufacturing sector.”

To read more on the partnership, please click here.

Notes to editors:

For media enquiries please contact:


For The ManufacturerHenry Anson, Director, or Stuart Biddle, Client Delivery Director.


For Page Group: Sarah Kemp, Head of Communications to UK & Group Communications Lead, or Matt​ Devine, Customer Engagement Director.


About The Manufacturer:


The Manufacturer is the premier industry publication providing manufacturing news, articles, events and insights while promoting best practice in the manufacturing industry. Covering all manufacturing sectors The Manufacturer, is an essential resource for every manufacturing boardroom and for senior management, delivering thought leadership articles, regulatory updates and best practice case studies on a monthly basis. Far from simply a print magazine, The Manufacturer has a strong digital and social presence and also offers two weekly Digital Briefing e-newsletters.


An active events schedule also attracts an engaged readership community and supports understanding between manufacturers and those providing services to them. Events range from intimate dinners through to themed conferences, with the year culminating in our annual celebration of the industry: Digital Manufacturing Week – consisting of our flagship conference Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit, Smart Factory Expo and The Manufacturer MX Awards.


About Page Group:


Page Group is a world-leading specialist recruitment consultancy with over 40 years of expertise. It has more than140 offices in 37 countries worldwide, comprising four core brands; Page Executive, Michael Page, Page Personnel and Page Outsourcing.


Rebranded to ‘Page Group’ from Michael Page International in late 2012, its comprehensive network places candidates with some of the world’s most prestigious companies, all over the world.


The company’s consultative approach to professional recruitment combines local knowledge with international expertise, to find the best fit between client and candidate.


Founded in 1976 Page Group has grown organically to become a FTSE 250 company employing over 6,500 people globally.