Demand rising for new engineers

Demand for new engineers bucks national downward trends

Demand for new engineering jobs in the UK has risen, bucking national downward trends, a recruitment firm says.

The number of new engineering jobs on offer has increased five times faster year-on-year than the all-sector average, according to the latest figures from the Reed Job Index - the national report compiled by recruitment site reed.co.uk.

Year-on-year demand for new engineers is nearly double its level at September last year, with the Reed Engineering Job Index at 166 in September 2011, compared to 84 in September last year. While demand across other staffing sectors has also risen, the year-on-year increase for the general Reed Job Index is lower at 16 per cent.

Month-on-month the Engineering Job Index rose in September compared to August by one point (1 per cent). This is in direct contrast to the average month on month trend, which saw the Reed Job Index fall one point in September.

Each month the Reed Job Index tracks the number of new job opportunities and the salaries on offer compared to the previous month and against a baseline of 100 set in December 2009.

The latest figures also show that salaries on offer for new engineers remain stable, as the Reed Engineering Salary Index stayed level at 93 in September. This means that salaries for new engineering jobs are seven per cent lower than they were in December 2009 when the Index began. This is in line with general trends which have seen salaries lag behind inflation across the board.

Martin Warnes, managing director of reed.co.uk, said: “Demand for new engineers continues to rise, bucking the trend which has seen overall job demand slip back in other areas at the moment.

“This could be a sign of the much-sought re-balancing of the UK economy towards industry and high quality production. Employers are confident enough to invest in the recruitment of new engineering staff, which is a leading indicator of potential future growth in the sector,” Warnes said.

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