British Aerospace is being forced to recruit engineers on a permanent basis following its failure to attract contract staff for short-term jobs.
A BAe source said the company needed 300 or more engineers. Permanent staff earn less than those on contract, but cost the company more due to pension and other entitlements.
BAe is running a major recruitment programme. An engineering recruitment specialist said: `The fact they’re advertising shows they can’t get the guys on contract’. Foreign aerospace companies offer better contract terms.
BAe is understood to have improved pay for new engineering staff. But it may not be enough to prevent potential recruits taking better paid contract posts overseas. A BAe staffer said some BAe engineers have been poached to work abroad.