Survey Finds Engineers Looking To Switch Jobs In 2014

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17th February 2014 17:24 - Engineering

According to the Engineering Talent Supply and Demand survey released by Experis, a division of ManpowerGroup, engineers are likely to jump ship for new job opportunities this year as they take advantage of increased demand for their talent.

The report shows that three fifths (61%) of engineers said they may look for new engineering jobs in 2014. This includes two fifths (40%) that are actively seeking new positions and a fifth (21%) that are networking/may look for a new job. Additionally, a tenth (13%) have updated their resume but are not likely to job hunt. Only a quarter (26%) said they will stay in their current position.

Concurrently, the majority (95%) of employers who hire engineers reported having difficult filling engineering roles. Eighty-eight per cent of these plan to hire engineers this year, while 29% do not believe they will be able to find the engineering talent they need for their business. Electrical/electronic engineers ranked highest on the list of the most in-demand.

The survey highlighted the main challenges for filling open engineering positions:

·         Lack of applicants: 44 per cent

·         Lack of hard skills needed for the position: 37 per cent

·         Lack of experience: 33 per cent

·         Salary demands are too high: 29 per cent

·         Lack of workplace competencies/soft skills: 23 per cent

Richard Hutchings, Experis Vice President of Engineering, said:

“The Experis survey results should signal a wake-up call to employers who want to keep their engineers on staff and engaged in the workplace… To protect themselves from employment voids, employers must embrace flexible workforce models so they can tap into talent communities of engineers when and where they need them.”

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