UK employers recruit foreign engineers to cover skills shortages

UK employers are recruiting Indian engineering graduates and German apprentices to overcome shortage of young Britons seeking careers in industry, a study has revealed.

The study by the Institution of Engineering and Technology found that 40% of British businesses did not expect to “meet their engineering and technician recruitment needs over the next four years”.

The Financial Times reports increasing employer frustration over the continuing shortage of students studying engineering at university and young people opting to start apprenticeships.

In some cases companies had turned to recruiting abroad to fill recruitment gaps.

The paper cites engineering group WS Atkins switching some of its design facilities to the Middle East and recruiting top-quality aviation engineering graduates in India.

The company said the moves were partly because of a shortage of graduates from British universities seeking engineering careers.

Average pay for graduates passes £20,000 mark

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