24 May 2023

Demand for engineers increasing, with rapid growth in green jobs

A report commissioned by EngineeringUK finds that demand for engineers is predicted to grow faster than for other occupations and that vacancies for ‘green engineering’ have increased by more than half in the UK over the last five years.

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The report, produced by Lightcast, identifies there were approximately 6.1 million engineering jobs (including tech roles) across all industries in 2021, representing around 19% of all jobs in the UK.

At the same time, the report finds, that in the past year, recruitment activity for engineering roles accounted for a quarter of all job postings in the UK, suggesting that the skills shortage in engineering is greater than in other areas, or that employers are hiring for future growth, or a combination of the two.

The report finds engineering job advertisements mentioning a ‘green skill’ have increased by nearly half – rising by 48%, to 212,000 jobs postings in the year 2021 to 2022.

‘Green’ roles appear across a wide range of engineering sectors – from civil and electrical through to ICT and software - showing that the application of these skills is far-reaching and important to the economy at large.

Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK comments, ;Given the soaring demand for engineers across all sectors, it’s essential that the UK has a robust plan and funding in place to train the future workforce, bringing more young people from all backgrounds into engineering and technology, alongside reskilling the current workforce.'

The growing demand for engineers is also reflected in salaries on offer – with the average advertised salary in engineering (£38,600), almost 30% higher than the average salary for all occupations (£30,000).

The report also features a skills snapshot for 13 engineering thematic groups, covering the most popular specialist and software skills most sought after by recruiting employers as well as the top occupations within each group that employers have been recruiting for over the past year. The sectors covered are:

  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • ICT & software
  • Design & development
  • Industrial
  • Environment, energy and earth
  • Skilled construction trades
  • Skilled metal trades
  • Water, air and waste
  • Quality assurance and regulatory
  • Other engineering
  • Other operatives

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