It’s good to hear that the drive to recruit more workers in the M&E sector is increasing, which tallies with comments made to H&V News by a number of companies in recent conversations, showing that growth in work levels are driving the need to recruit more staff at various levels.
The main requirement, of course, is finding people with the correct level of skills, but this is by no means a new development.
A combination of reduced apprenticeship numbers, the contraction of the construction sector in recent years, and lack of investment in training - largely linked to the economic downturn - have been attributed as the main reasons for this.
Increased payment levels will also be welcomed by engineers, unsurprisingly, but those responsible for balancing the books and ensuring that profit margins are retained will understandably be more concerned.
One issue recently highlighted by an industry contractor is a tendency for some companies to raise pay levels by excessive amounts to attract new staff.
This indicates that a level of desperation is creeping in and perhaps partly explains the statistic that more companies fail in the period of recovery than within the main period of economic difficulty.
Taking all the above into account, I’ve posed the following question to the H&V News LinkedIn group: Does off-site manufacturing provide a solution to the skills shortage? To join the group and share your views, log on to www.tinyurl.com/4xcyz3m