A jobs clearing house run by the Sheffield Association of the Engineering Employers’ Federation has secured 50 engineering posts in the area. The clearing house, which was set up in December, allows firms recruiting in the area to match requirements with other EEF members which have laid off staff.
Gordon Scott, Sheffield Association director, said despite widespread job losses, employers were struggling to find skilled staff.
‘In our region our members are losing 6 7% of their workforce as a result of the recession,’ he said. ‘But at the same time 30% of members have unfilled vacancies. We have on the one hand the risk of jobs being lost, but on the other we have vacancies available.’
Scott said the scheme was not just about filling jobs, but about keeping specialist skills within the industry.
The clearing house will continue for at least six months. The association’s latest employment survey showed job losses are set to continue in the region.