Engineering roles in high demand

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Umbrella company contractors working within the engineering sector will be pleased to hear that demand for professionals grew year-on-year to July.

Recent findings from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies’ (APSCo) Professional Recruitment Trends report revealed that engineering roles are in high demand in London and the South East, however, a number of regional hubs are also emerging.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, commented, “Although some commentators initially expressed concerns over the outlook of the UK’s engineering sector post-Brexit there are a number of positive indicators of growth in the sector. Balfour Beatty has merged its Engineering Services and Engineering Construction businesses to form Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick, a mechanical and electrical engineering specialist, with a circa £300 million revenue. New engineering hubs are also emerging across the UK, with Cambridge, Derby, Birmingham and Bristol, all likely to benefit from an uplift in demand.”

She added, “The skills in high demand come as no surprise, and cover a number of the main engineering disciplines. While the highest growth skills, those which have experience the steepest uplift in demand, include draughting and engineering design skills. Demand for professionals with knowledge of Revit, a modelling software used by structural engineers, has more than doubled since 2013. The skills gap remains a pivotal point of discussion in the sector, and in recent months there has been a real push to promote engineering as a career of choice for school leavers.”


Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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