BAE Systems comes out top in survey of most attractive engineering employers

BAE Systems is perceived to be the most attractive employer within the engineering industry with Rolls-Royce named in second place, a survey of over 12,000 people has found.

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Commissioned by Randstad UK, the survey found BAE regarded as a financially healthy employer that offers good job security alongside attractive salaries and benefits.

Across all industries, BAE was named the fifth most attractive employer in the country with Rolls Royce named the eighth.
Overall, engineering was named as one of the 10 most attractive industries in the UK, ahead of banking and financial services and FMCG but behind marketing, media, IT and healthcare.


In a statement, Adrian Smith, senior director of operations at Randstad UK said: “Increasingly, people want to work in engineering. Despite this, the nation’s talent shortage means that even the most attractive organisations still have a job to do to find the people they need. The most pressing task for engineering firms is to remove barriers to entry for willing talent by offering reskilling and upskilling programmes. We also need to do more to attract more women into STEM subjects at both school and university for future talent pooling.”

Randstad’s employer branding research - aimed at uncovering what workers want from employers - is based on feedback from 12,018 workers in the UK, 163,000 employees globally, and 6,000 employers.

Results across the UK found roughly one in every six employees (15 per cent) are afraid of losing their job compared to 16 per cent in 2022.

While 16 per cent of employees in the UK had changed jobs in the previous six months, a quarter say they are planning to change jobs in the next six months.

Work-life balance is the most important factor workers are choosing a new employer and its importance relative to the other factors has increased since 2022.  Attractive salary and benefits were the second most important factor.

The research also suggests that fewer workers are using social media when searching for a job.  While Facebook and Instagram were the channels job seekers were most likely to use, both showed a decline compared to 2022, while Twitter recorded the largest drop in use.