Should we be worried about the future of the engineering industry?

In Britain, 5.7 million people currently work in engineering companies. This represents nearly one fifth of total people employed! But despite being one of the largest sectors in the UK, its future is uncertain.

By 2020 50% of the engineering workforce in the UK is set to retire

Currently the average engineer in Britain is 54 years old. With the average retiring age nearing 65, 50% of the entire engineering workforce is set to retire by 2020. To make things worse, those retiring will be the employees with 30 years experience and the directors. The big question is how is the industry going to cope? There will certainly be a struggle to find enough qualified engineers and technicians to replace them.

Britain needs an extra 20,000 engineering graduates per year

However, the industry’s reputation for being a mature industry is not the only troubling matter. In parallel, studies have proven that there is a rapidly decreasing proportion of younger workers entering the engineering world. This might be explained by the uncomfortable fact that only 6% of students in the UK are studying engineering and related subjects at university. Women in particular are under-represented with only 1 in 7 engineering students being female.

Engineering UK has recently said the country needs over 1.8 million new engineers and technicians by 2022 to replace the disappearing older workforce, as well as meet engineering companies’ expansion demands. This averages out at about 182,000 people per year.

The reality is that there is a big gap between the amount of engineering demand in the UK, and the existing supply given the disappointing numbers of new entrants. According to Engineering UK’s analysis, the 182,000 engineers needed per annum include 57,000 people at advanced apprentice level, and around 101,000 engineering graduates. If we look at historic figures we can project that there will be just over 41,000 British engineering graduates and an additional 40,000 international engineering graduates from abroad per year. If, as the study shows, there is a need for 101,000 engineering graduates per year, there is currently a shortfall of around 20,000.

Engineering company’s in construction, ICT and manufacturing are the hardest hit

Certain engineering sectors are more affected than others. Engineering companies in construction, ICT and manufacturing are the hardest hit. They have expressed a need for more employees with higher level skills over the next few years but are less and less confident that they can recruit the skills needed in sufficient numbers. This is an issue throughout the UK, but even more predominant in London and the South East of England.

The effects of Brexit

The Brexit result has not helped growing concerns. As we mentioned previously, the engineering industry has relied on around 40,000 international graduates joining the British workforce year-on-year. This is not even counting all the other international workers that help run the sector. Potential changes to the free movement of labour could restrict these numbers, and cause an even bigger unbalance.

So, what is the solution to minimise the damage? There has been a big push to promote STEM subjects at school to make sure pupils can make well-informed decisions on their future careers at an early stage. New entrants into the market will help the long-term problem, but in the next few years, once the older generation retire, the remaining younger engineers and  graduates could struggle to replace those with over 30 years’ experience.

On a positive note, this ongoing problem makes current practising engineers and technicians very employable!

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CK’s engineering jobs of the week

This week we have two exceptional jobs of the week, both of which require a talented engineer to join their pioneering organisations. These roles are:

IS Automation Engineer

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one the worlds leading biopharma companies based in historic Dun Laoghaire,  just 25 minutes away from Dublin City.

  • They are offering a 6 month initial contract, with a view to extend to 12 months
  • As well as an amazing hourly rate of up to €65 per hour.

Apply here

 

AND

 

Project Manager

This is a permanent opportunity to join a pioneering medical devices company in Warwickshire who are at the forefront of dialysis technology.

  • This position offers a fantastic salary of up to £50,000 per annum + a great package.

Apply here

 

For more information on these jobs click here to contact Natasha Young or click here to search our jobs

 

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Engineer job of the week: EC&I Engineer

This week our engineering job of the week is an EC&I Engineer role which offers the right candidate a fantastic opportunity to join well-established speciality chemicals manufacturer in Norwich. It has also been chosen because it’s:

  • working with products going into the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors
  • a permanent position
  • offering a competitive salary of up to £46,000 pa DOE with a good benefits package

Apply here

 

 

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Engineering job of the week: 27/2/2017

This week, we would like to highlight an Engineering Project Manager role, this has been chosen because it is:

  • An excellent opportunity to join an industry recognised manufacturer at their state of the art facility in Switzerland
  • The primary purpose of this role is to lead engineering projects in a medical device production facility
  • An attractive hourly rate of up to 100CHF for a contract up until the end of 2017
  • The successful candidate will have a background in medical devices, pharmaceuticals or a similarly regulated industry

Find out more about this engineering job here

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Job of the Week – Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

This week we would like to highlight an Senior Mechanical Design Engineer role, this has been chosen because it is:

  • A 10 month contract for an innovative medical device manufacturer based in Leeds with possibility of extension.
  • Offering an attractive hourly rate of up to £42.50phr for a Ltd company contractor
  • Based on a state of the art facility within a short distance of the motorway links.

For more information on this job click here or call us on 01246 457730

 

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Engineering Job of the Week – Maintenance Technician

This week we would like to highlight an Maintenance Technician role, this has been chosen because it is:

  • an excellent opportunity for a Maintenance Technician (either Electrical or Mechanical) to join a world leading company who are involved in recycling plastics from end-of-life durable goods.
  • working as part of a team to ensure that the plant runs at optimum level, minimising downtime and achieving all internal maintenance demands.
  • working on a continental 2, 3, 2 shift pattern consisting of 12 hour day and night shifts. The post holder will need to be flexible with regards to hours worked to be able to meet the demands of the business.
  • offering a competitive salary of up to £30,000 per year.

To find out more about this role click here

 

 

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Validation Engineer Vacancy Market – 13th September 2016

Each week CK Engineers will be trying to give you a picture of the state of one of the disciplines we work with, the Validation Engineers jobs market. Whether you are a Validation Engineer looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Validation Engineers to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Validation Engineer jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. Please bear in mind that there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary is for week commencing 13th September 2016 for the past week and relates to Validation Engineer vacancies posted on:

  • Totaljobs
  • REngineeringjobs
  • Reed
  • The Engineer
  • Just Engineers

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 382 Validation Engineer jobs were published in the last week,

  • 298 permanent roles
  • 84 contract roles

After several weeks of positive growth across the permanent and contract engineering job market, this week we have seen the contract recruitment market decline dramatically with a 40% drop in job numbers. In reflection there has also been a small increase in permanent roles. However, the contract market did have an unexplainable increase last week and the numbers we are seeing now are more like the average we have been seeing all summer. Over the next two weeks we should begin to see jobs for both contract types grow in numbers.

If you would like CK Engineers to help you find your next job search our vacancies

 

If you would like us to help you find your next Validation Engineer please get in touch

 

 

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Validation Engineer Vacancy Market – 6th September 2016

Each week CK Engineers will be trying to give you a picture of the state of one of the disciplines we work with, the Validation Engineers jobs market. Whether you are a Validation Engineer looking for a new role or an employer seeking new Validation Engineers to join your team, keeping up to date with industry news that impacts you is essential.

Our tracking is based on each week screening some of the UKs leading vacancy boards for how many Validation Engineer jobs have been advertised within the last 7 days. Please bear in mind that there is likely to be some repetition across jobs boards and some duplicate posting but our goal is to build up a picture of trends over time.

This week’s summary is for week commencing 6th September 2016 for the past week and relates to Validation Engineer vacancies posted on:

  • Totaljobs
  • REngineeringjobs
  • Reed
  • The Engineer
  • Just Engineers

Our results showed that from these job boards a total of 434 Validation Engineer jobs were published in the last week,

  • 293 permanent roles
  • 141 contract roles

For the third week running we have tracked an increase in the number of Validation Engineer jobs being advertised. With job numbers looking like they are returning back to their pre-Brexit figures. With us only just coming out of the summer break, it is positive to see these figures now.

If you would like CK Engineers to help you find your next job search our vacancies

 

If you would like us to help you find your next Validation Engineer please get in touch

 

 

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CK Engineers job of the week: 02/09/2016

This week we would like to highlight a Multi Skilled Maintenance Technician role, which has been chosen because it is:

  • A fantastic opportunity for a multi skilled maintenance technician to join an innovative chemicals and materials manufacturer
  • Requires the candidate to manage the maintenance of existing and new mechanical and electrical systems on site
  • A permanent vacancy offering a salary in the region of £25,000pa – £28,000pa depending on experience
  • Working on day time hours however there is an on call requirement
  • At the client’s site in the Cambridge area

Find out more about this job here

 

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CK Engineers job of the week: 26/08/2016

This week we would like to highlight a Area Sales Manager – Process Engineering role, this has been chosen as it is:

  • A permanent vacancy with a reputable manufacturer to develop a new sales area for their business within the engineering market
  • An opportunity to work with new and existing technologies within the food, FMCG, Oil&gas and pharmaceutical industries
  • An area sales role that is covering the south of the UK. The ideal candidate will have strong sales skills and a background selling engineering products and packages.

Find out more about this job here

 

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