A surge in infrastructure investment is fuelling demand for engineers, sparking skills shortages in the industry, research has showed. Engineering vacancies for permanent and temporary jobs have increased since the start of the year, especially in the energy sector, including oil and gas and renewables. Firms in other sectors such as aerospace were reporting skills shortages, according to the study by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies. Chief executive Ann Swain said:
"Engineering remains the bright spot among the professional jobs market at the moment. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project and has created huge demand for engineering and project management specialists.
"With the Government focused on boosting investment in UK infrastructure projects, demand for engineering skills should remain buoyant. "The UK has a long-term shortage of engineering skills. With demand so strong, the Government needs to ensure that the UK's historical underproduction of engineering skills does not impede growth in vitals sectors such as oil & gas and power generation."
Investment in infrastructure increased by almost a quarter in the final quarter of last year a record £3.6 billion compared to the same period in 2010, said the report. A Department for Business spokesman said:
"The Government funds a wide range of activities to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider careers in engineering. "We are committed to improving the information available for prospective students on the excellent employment prospects a career in the sector can offer. "We are also working with industry, through our See Inside Manufacturing and Make it in Great Britain campaigns to attract the brightest and best people into careers in science and engineering to tackle the shortage of skilled people and maintain the UK's position as one of the world's leadingmanufacturing countries."
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