UK companies are having increasing problems finding the right engineering graduates, claimed Incomes Data Services’ Management Pay Review. It looked at 120 companies planning to take on 7,000 graduates.
`As usual, the function most often identified as causing problems was engineering, with a stress on electronic and software engineers,’ the report said.
The findings tie in with shortages reported in information technology and technical functions areas, while manufacturing companies reported `only slightly fewer problems’ last year than in 1995, with 30% of firms failing to employ the graduates they wanted.
GKN said it had not recruited enough engineers for 1996, when 24 graduates were taken on. Caterpillar’s 1997 target of 10 graduate engineers is to meet a `skills shortage’, and British Sugar said it `could not recruit enough engineers’ last year.