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When it comes to recruitment, it is important for both candidates and firms to be aware of the different recruitment cycles that can give them an edge. There is no denying that January is one of the most popular months for recruitment, not just for engineering recruitment and in this post we are going to take a look at the different reasons why. We will also give you some advice on how you can get ahead by using a specialist engineering recruitment agency rather than using a generalist. So, let’s take a look…

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The engineering sector is vital to the UK economy. It represents a fifth of the total gross value added in the UK. Nevertheless, anyone who works in the industry, as well as engineering recruitment agencies recognises that, at the moment, there is a substantial skills shortage, and it is a big concern. Statistics have shown that a minimum of 182,000 individuals with engineering skills are going to be needed every year from 2022. Therefore, it is critical that solutions are found to plug the engineering skills gap, and this must start with apprenticeships and getting more people on board with such programs. Here, we offer insight into the apprenticeship skills gap within engineering and how this is having an impact on businesses when recruiting.

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The announcement that Brexit will be going ahead, and the ensuing negotiations have presented a huge amount of uncertainty in industries throughout the UK. In particular, businesses and services are becoming increasingly worried about a skills shortage caused by a reduction in workers from abroad. 68% of manufacturing companies have sought guidance on what the Brexit deal will mean for their current EU employees. The uncertainty is making both employers and workers feel nervous.

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Ask any UK engineering business and they will tell you that finding good Engineers is extremely difficult. With more vacancies available than candidates it means employers have to think outside the box to attract and retain talent, to enable them to meet their business objectives.  Nolan work with a foray of engineering clients to analyse their current “attractiveness” and offer areas for improvement.

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