Data published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) showed that domestic demand for UK-made goods was the main reason why output rose in the period, with 30 per cent of the 366 respondents reporting that the volume of output rose against just 17 per cent registering a fall, giving a balance of +13 per cent.
Lucy Armstrong, chairman of the CBI's SME Council, said that manufacturing is a "bright spot" in the economy and the survey "underlines" the role that these companies play in delivering growth and jobs, which includes sales recruitment positions.
She added: "With domestic orders steadily improving and production rising, firms are increasing their headcount to keep up with demand."
Last week, the IDS Pay Report showed that the median pay settlement level in the manufacturing sector is continuing to increase and stood at 2.9 per cent in the three months to December 2010, compared with 2.2 per cent across the whole economy.
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Source: The Sales Engineer News