The growth of the electronics industry in the UK is being
threatened by the financial sector’s more successful recruitment programmes,
according to a government-backed report released tomorrow.
The report, by KPMG and the Federation of the Electronics
Industry, identifies three problem areas – skills shortages, lack of investment
and weak relationships with the education system and government.
Nearly all (98 per cent) of those surveyed agreed that
skills shortages are the most pressing issue for the industry.
"The electronics industry has to develop stronger links
with the Government and education to raise the profile of the industry and
change perceptions. This is essential if companies are to attract and retain
high-calibre school-leavers and graduates to the industry," said Crispin
O’Brien, head of electronics at KPMG.
By Paul Nelson