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Manufacturing and Engineering Jobs in Demand

Over 200 companies are based on the Island operating in specialities ranging from seafood processing and packaging to aerospace engineering, including space.

The Isle of Man boasts a diverse manufacturing, engineering and aerospace sector. Over 200 companies are based on the Island operating in specialities ranging from seafood processing and packaging to aerospace engineering, including space. The Isle of Man also has a growing reputation as a hub for clean energy innovation complete with the engineering career opportunity that it brings. Currently, approximately 2,000 of the Island's residents are employed in the manufacturing sector.

The Island's manufacturing and engineering sector is split into three major sub-sectors:

  • Precision Engineering
  • General Manufacturing
  • Food & Drink Manufacturing

A skills shortage within the engineering and manufacturing sectors has already been identified. As such, there are numerous opportunities for skilled technicians and qualified engineers. The majority of career opportunities lie within the aerospace and precision engineering sectors. With the Island's fantastic lifestyle, work-life balance goes hand in hand with the potential for great career progression.

Precision Engineering


Isle of Man aerospace firms are an integral part of the UK supply chain and work on major projects for Airbus, Boeing and NASA among others. Specifically, Isle of Man companies supply components for A380, 787 Dreamliner, A350, Joint Strike Fighter and the A400M Military Transporter. In fact, the Isle of Man has been at the forefront of aerospace design for over 70 years.

Staff development and retention is vital for Island based aerospace companies with many running training, development and apprenticeship schemes, however recruitment from abroad is vital to bring in additional experience and specific skills.

The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster

IOMAC is a partnership of 19 Island based businesses. The Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster guides and develops the industry, working with both public and private sector organisations to ensure the Island is at the forefront of development. The Cluster is a partner of the North West Aerospace Alliance, one of the most influential aerospace clusters in Europe. Its members have been regularly recognised for their excellence. Between 2008 and 2015 companies in the cluster grew on average by 25%.

Optics and Bioscience

The precision optics sector on the Isle of Man is significant. Companies operating on the Island provide optical and laser equipment for applications as diverse as space craft, space telescopes, and nuclear fusion. Each company on the island undertakes various research and development activities supporting these projects, providing an exciting cutting edge environment for engineers. The Island also hosts a burgeoning bioscience sector and is home to the Manx BioMed Cluster.

General Manufacturing

Other opportunities within engineering and manufacturing are open to suitably experienced and qualified individuals in the Island's General Manufacturing sector. The Island's businesses are engaged in the production of a huge number of different products, ranging from bespoke woollen goods to artisan watches and globally distributed kettle components.

Food and Drink Manufacturing

The Isle of Man has a strong food manufacture and export sector who regularly recruit. The Island produces a wide range of great tasting food and drink. The Island's clear, clean waters are mainly fished for King and Queen Scallops, crabs and lobsters plus langoustines. The Manx kipper industry dates back to the 1830s and kippers are still produced without the use of artificial dyes. A single Creamery produces milk, cream, buttermilk and award winning cheeses whilst locally produced pork, lamb and beef are widely available. Laxey Glen Flour Mills produce a variety of flours used extensively in Ramsey Bakery bread. Manx ales are brewed in accordance with the 1874 Manx Beer Purity Law and are very popular with real ale enthusiasts both on the Island and in export markets.

Provenance and low transport distances are key selling points for food from the Isle of Man. The dairy, confectionary and bakery sub-sectors are all undergoing periods of growth and as an expanding overall sector, many businesses are now looking abroad to bring in the expertise needed to spear head their futures.

Food and drink manufacturing businesses on Island include but are not limited to:

  • Breweries
  • Fishing (including packaging and distribution)
  • Bakeries
  • Mills
  • Butchers

Work Permits

Engineering and Manufacturing jobs in the Isle of Man do require work permits. However, for many skilled and qualified roles the Isle of Man Government has committed to a speedy turnaround of applications where all the appropriate paperwork is provided. Partners (Civil, Spouse or co-habiting partner) of an Isle of Man worker are eligible for an automatic 1-year work permit even if they have not yet secured employment. To learn more about work permits, click here

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