The British automobile industry and the aviation sector are major
The IT services/software sector (media, finance)
is also important – particularly in the South of England. The IT
hardware segment is a large and dynamic customer here. This is
likely to remain the case in future, albeit to a lesser extent. Proba-
bly also as a result of these strong customers, the proportion of
value-added in this sector relative to the manufacturing sector in
the UK was around 5. 4% in 2013.
This exceeded the EU 28 aver-
age of 4. 6%; there was a similar level in Germany (4. 8%) .