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A new report has shown that engineering hiring is on the up, but businesses within the sector are struggling to source the skills they need.

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) research, using data provided by Broadbean, revealed that engineering vacancy numbers saw the second largest increase seen so far this year – growing by seven per cent in May compared to the previous month.

However, application numbers have fallen significantly, down to the lowest level recorded over the past 12 months.

Ann Swain, Global CEO at APSCo, said, “Our most recent data reinforces the challenging state of the engineering job market, with a persistent decline in applications.

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“While there has been a noticeable increase in average salaries this year, employers are resorting to higher pay rates to attract talent amidst the rising cost of living.

“However, it is important to recognise that the problem of skill shortages in engineering cannot be resolved solely by offering higher compensation. To meet this demand, the UK requires convenient and viable access to international talent, including individuals in the flexible labour market.

“We are actively collaborating with the government to address the deficiency of suitable visa pathways for the much-needed talent that our country requires.”

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