Engineers in demand, report finds

A report by Lightcast, commissioned by EngineeringUK, has found that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations, and that vacancies for green engineering roles in the UK have increased by 55% over the past five years.

There were approximately 6.1 million engineering jobs across all industries in 2021, representing around 19% of all jobs in the UK. At the same time, the report finds that in the past year, recruitment activity for engineering roles accounted for 25% of all job postings in the UK, suggesting that the skills shortage in engineering is greater than in other areas.

With engineers playing a central role in the development of solutions to help fight climate change, the report found that engineering job advertisements mentioning a green skill have increased by nearly half.

Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, said: “Given the soaring demand for engineers across all sectors, it’s essential that the UK has a robust plan and funding in place to train the future workforce, bringing more young people from all backgrounds into engineering and technology, alongside reskilling the current workforce.”


Read the report at engineeringuk.com/futureskills

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