Recruitment problems for 60% of firms

The engineering industry will face problems recruiting managers and professional staff over the next six months, a survey released this week shows. Of the companies surveyed 16% expected to recruit white-collar staff over the next six months. Of those, 60% anticipated difficulties, according to the Recruitment Confidence Index produced by Cranfield School of Management and […]

The engineering industry will face problems recruiting managers and professional staff over the next six months, a survey released this week shows.

Of the companies surveyed 16% expected to recruit white-collar staff over the next six months. Of those, 60% anticipated difficulties, according to the Recruitment Confidence Index produced by Cranfield School of Management and recruitment consultancy TMP Worldwide.

Demand for service personnel far outstrips that for manufacturing staff, according to the survey. Of service organisations 57% expected an increase in employment growth, in contrast to only 39% in manufacturing. One in four respondents in manufacturing, as opposed to one in seven in the service sector, expected overall employment levels to fall.

One in three organisations mentioned that recruitment difficulties were most acute in London and the south east, while only one in 12 organisations felt this way in Scotland.

Pay increases are expected to stay about the same over the coming year as over the past year. Of organisations surveyed, 80% said pay rises would be constant, 8% expected them to increase and 12% said they would fall.

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