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Rise in Engineering and Manufacturing Vacancies, but where are the Candidates?


Earlier this month the Financial Times reported that UK manufacturing and engineering companies have recently embarked on a hiring spree.

Recent reports indicate that “job vacancies rose by 50 per cent in the past year in spite of the gloom affecting much of the economy.”

Speaking to the Financial Times, a representative of The Association of Professional Staffing Companies suggested that the fresh demand for engineering and manufacturing professionals had been “driven by an increase in manufacturing and heavy investments in projects such as London’s Crossrail.”

It’s a phenomenon that has also been noticed by recruiters, particularly those specialising in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

According to Adam Whittaker, of engineering and manufacturing recruitment firm Core Talent, “Employment within engineering and manufacturing is looking healthy.

“More companies are looking to employ permanent staff as opposed to contract staff, indicating that they are much more confident in the future of their businesses and continued growth within the sector.

“At Core Talent we are working more permanent vacancies at the moment than we have for a long time.”

However, Mr Whittaker also points out a problem that he suspects many recruiters are facing at the moment: “The problem we now face is finding good candidates to fill these vacancies.”

It appears that, despite the boom in the number of good quality vacancies, candidates are hesitant to leave comfortable positions in the current economic climate.

“If the sector is to grow, normal service must be resumed,” continues Mr Whitaker. “It seems the companies are trying to move forward but at the moment too few candidates are willing to take a risk, even when it means a better position and career advancement.”

As a result recruitment firms are recommending that potential candidates get in touch, if only to have an initial discussion about current opportunities, in order to ensure that the engineering and manufacturing recovery continues unhindered.

Core Talent Recruitment specialises in recruiting for engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain roles across a range of sectors. For more information about the manufacturing jobs on offer at Core Talent, visit:


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