A report by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) – the UK’s leading professional recruitment industry body – has revealed that engineering remains the most resilient of the professional sectors, with skills shortages still dominating the picture.
This is evidenced by the increasing number of vacancies versus a falling number of placements with the contract market having to take up the slack.
APSCo’s monthly jobs data report provides a snapshot of the UK’s professional recruitment market across all professional level sectors including financial services, marketing, engineering, accounting and IT.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo comments: “This is obviously good news and the fact that official figures are telling us that full time work is still increasing faster than part time work and that overall vacancy rates are growing is evidence that things are slowly getting better.
“In fact latest official data shows a rise of almost 9% year on year in vacancy levels and a fall in the jobseekers claimant count of over 4% – a figure that surprised analysts who were expecting no change.”
Ged Mason, CEO of Morson Group, commented: “This is pleasing news for the engineering sector. At Morson, we’ve experienced a similar increase of an 8% rise in client demand in the past year. The sector faces the obvious challenges surrounding skills shortages, which is something that remains Morson’s number one focus in addressing.
“We advocate and support apprenticeship schemes, upskilling opportunities and the promotion of the industry as a desirable career choice to college students and undergraduates.
“Skills shortages will continue to be a challenge across the engineering industry – especially in light of the news surrounding new nuclear power stations – and we believe that a collaborative approach to tackling the root causes will contribute to replenishing the industry’s skilled disciplines.”