Manufacturing Employment Survey

82% of respondents are facing problems finding new talent for the sector, with 56.5% of respondents believing candidates lack the requisite skills while still expecting higher salaries than the role will offer.

This statistic is one that will surprise few in manufacturing and engineering. The shortage of suitably skilled young people entering engineering is one that has dogged British manufacturing for at least 40 years. The pipeline of talent is malfunctioning to the extent that many in manufacturing will tell you that those emerging from university with engineering degrees are still far from being fit for the real world of manufacturing and require extensive in job training before they are.

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