Opportunity knocks as engineering firms recruit

One in four manufacturing companies is looking to recruit more engineers, according to a survey from the Manpower employment agency.

The Quarterly Survey of Employment Prospects shows that job opportunities in engineering are looking brighter for the first quarter of this year compared with the same period in 1999.

Spearheading the recruitment drive are the electronics and automotive manufacturing industries. Electronics is leading the field with employers reportedly twice as confident as they were last year.

The balance of hirers to firers for the industry – the difference between the number of companies increasing and decreasing staffing levels – stands at 35%.

John Graham, resourcing and development director for Marconi, said the company was raising pay levels and offering benefits such as share options to entice engineers to join and stay with the company.

`This is the day of the engineer. If you are a young engineer in the UK today there are so many opportunities out there, and they are hopefully finally getting the financial package they deserve,’ he said.

Lord Simpson, chief executive of Marconi, recently said that the ability to find the right quantity and quality of staff would be the main constraint upon the success of the company.

Companies are also proving increasingly willing to invest in training for employees as an additional incentive, the report said.