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Six root causes of poor labour productivity

Six root causes of poor labour productivity

Poor labour productivity rates are a growing concern for policymakers and manufacturers alike. Output per hour in manufacturing fell by 2% during the final quarter of 2015 but rose…

Labour KPIs – what does good look like?

Labour KPIs – what does good look like?

UK Labour Productivity According to the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent Labour Productivity statistical bulletin [1], the weakness of manufacturing productivity has been a ‘defining feature’ of…

Five reasons why your manufacturing KPIs fail

Five reasons why your manufacturing KPIs fail

Jeremy Harford, Managing Director of MESTEC, explains the five reasons why your manufacturing KPIs fail to improve factory performance. By all accounts, times are tough for UK manufacturers. The…

Inaccurate labour costings could kill your profits

Inaccurate labour costings could kill your profits

Most manufacturing businesses have a strong handle on overall company profitability, but some – especially those making multiple products with high labour content – struggle to set product pricing…

Is ERP good enough for your factory floor?

Is ERP good enough for your factory floor?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a suite of applications that a business can use to collect, store, manage and interpret data from many business activities, including: product planning;…

8 steps to improve plant performance

8 steps to improve plant performance

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), UK workers produced less during 2014 than they did in 2007. The actual output per worker fell by 0.2 per cent….

Tackling the manufacturing skills crisis

Tackling the manufacturing skills crisis

The UK’s skills crisis shows no signs of abating. A severe deficit in skills has affected 40% of companies over the last 5-10 years and many companies are still…