Tempest fighter jet will support 21,000 jobs a year, PwC says

The Tempest programme will drive productivity, innovation and skills development in the UK, a new report says.

An independent report produced by professional services firm PwC has confirmed the economic impact of the Tempest programme will be felt in every region of the UK, supporting an average of 21,000 jobs a year, with 70% of the programme’s value generated in the North West, South West and East of England.

The Tempest programme is expected to generate long-term high value employment, with productivity per worker 78% higher than the national average.

The programme is being delivered by Team Tempest – combining the expertise of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce.

Working with international partners, the team is leading progress towards a UK-led internationally collaborative future combat air system which will ensure the RAF and its allies retain world-leading, independent military capability.

Key to the success of Tempest is delivering this highly-advanced capability more rapidly and more cost effectively than ever before.

Investment by industry and MoD in R&D for Tempest will generate positive spill-over benefits for the wider economy through applications of new technologies in other sectors and driving innovation in collaboration with hundreds of companies, SMEs and academic organisations.


The PwC findings


  • Make an estimated £26.2 billion contribution to the UK economy between 2021 and 2050

  • Support on average 21,000 jobs per year, from development to operational service (2026-2050)

  • Create high productivity employment with an average GVA per worker of £101,000, 78% higher than the UK national average and 42% higher than the country’s manufacturing average

  • Support significant benefits across regional economies

BAE Systems, on behalf of Team Tempest partners, commissioned PwC to carry out the independent analysis of the economic impact of the Tempest programme. Preliminary findings were released in October 2020. The full report is available here.

North West


  • The programme is expected to generate at least £7.9 billion GVA

  • Will support on average 5,000 highly skilled jobs per year directly employed on the programme and in the first tier of the supply chain

  • Productivity 31% higher than the North West manufacturing average

South West


  • The programme is expected to generate at least £2.7 billion GVA

  • Will support on average 2,000 highly skilled jobs per year directly employed on the programme and in the first tier of the supply chain

  • Productivity 24% higher than the South West manufacturing average

East of England


  • The programme is expected to generate at least £1 billion GVA

  • Will support on average 750 jobs highly skilled jobs per year directly employed on the programme and in the first tier of the supply chain

  • Productivity 60% higher than the East of England manufacturing average


Diane Shaw, EMEA aerospace, defence and security consulting leader, PwC, commented: “As our research outlines, the scale of the Tempest programme is significant and expected to deliver wide-ranging benefits to the UK, stimulating investment in new technologies and promoting critical skills and capabilities that ensure the UK can continue to operate at the forefront of world-leading technology. The programme will stimulate R&D in regions most in need and generate wider economic benefits for these areas, supporting the UK Government’s levelling up priorities and contributing to the UK’s economic recovery and prosperity in the decades ahead.”

The Team Tempest partners are working collaboratively with UK industry, embracing an agile approach, adopting new digital working practices to deliver technologically advanced capabilities and processes that drive efficiency and increase productivity. The partners are already engaged with more than 600 suppliers, SMEs and academic institutions across the UK, helping to deliver benefit beyond the defence sector.

The Tempest programme is already a magnet to attract engineers and technicians and a place for young people to build their long-term careers. There are currently more than 2,000 people employed across UK industry and the MoD on the programme.

Combat air activities of the four Team Tempest partners are expected as a whole to contribute £100 billion to the UK economy and support 62,000 jobs per year between 2021 and 2050. Tempest makes up an increasing share of the partners’ UK combat air activities and that of their supply chains, rising from around 12% today to nearly 50% of economic contribution by 2050 and is a crucial element of the aerospace and defence industry’s ongoing prosperity.

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