‘Industrial chemicals’ employment hit in UK despite increase in chemical industry

The number of workers employed in the chemicals industry has fallen sharply in the UK in the past year, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The number of people employed in industrial chemicals has fallen from about 18,000 in September to around 16,000, according the survey by the Royal Society of Chemistry, an independent research group based in London.

The survey found that the number of chemists employed in industry was down from about 22,000 at the end of 2016 to 12,000.

The number in chemical engineering fell from about 2,500 to 1,500.

“There are very few jobs for chemists in this industry,” said Paul Davies, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which commissioned the survey.

“We are going to be facing a shortage of chemist talent for a very long time to come.”

Industrial chemical jobs are a growing sector of the British economy and the chemical industry employs about 2.4 million people.

Manufacturing, which employs about 1.3 million people, and manufacturing in other sectors including services and retail have also seen employment fall.