Rubber & Plastic Manufacturers' spend on software suffered much more deeply than the rest of Manufacturing during the depth of recession in 2009. Such concerns are also much more sluggish in emerging out of the downturn.
IT staff in Rubber & Plastic Manufacturing represents 1.3% of the total employees. The corresponding figure for all Manufacturers is 3.5%. Software staff is the largest component for both sectors representing 0.5% and 1.3% respectively of all employment.