96% of engineering employers say a skills shortage amongst workers has negatively impacted their business, survey reveals

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26th January 2022 17:09 - Engineering

96% of engineering employers say a skills shortage amongst workers has negatively impacted their business: A survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology has revealed that the skills shortage in the engineering industry has impacted nearly all firms; with half stating they are having difficulty recruiting. Furthermore, 47% said they were having difficulty in making recruitment times longer as a result of a skills shortage.
The poll studied engineering workers across the UK to understand the current challenges that employers and employees are facing. 
When asked about the main priorities for their firms, two-thirds of employers said they were focussed on improving the profitability of their company, with 62% citing improving productivity as a main priority. 
Many firms think that the Government need to do more to help the skills shortage, with 54% saying they need to be given more funding for apprenticeships. Furthermore, just over half (51%) said they would like extra money to train and re-skill in priority areas, with a further 49% stating they would use the funding to provide better careers advice in schools and colleges.
Energy and environmental sustainability is one of the key areas for improvement within the industry, found the research, with 35% saying the area needs growth. However, only half of those surveyed believe it is achievable for their firm to be net zero by 2050, with just 51% believing they have the required skills to tackle the issue.
Workplace diversity is also something that many firms are looking at improving, with a third of employers polled stating they are taking action to improve diversity across genders, and 30% actively improving diversity across ethnicities.

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