In the last 12 months there has been an increase in engineering, manufacturing and construction job opportunities. According to Northern Ireland Centre of Economic Policy, the growth for 2015 was estimated at 4% across engineering and manufacturing, while construction saw an increase in 18%. With significant plans for growth right up to 2020 engineering, manufacturing & construction will continue to expand and have a huge demand for skilled candidates.
There has been a mix of graduate and experienced level opportunities within an array of engineering and manufacturing companies. This is set to continue in 2016 with companies having a new found appreciation for investing in talented people.
Similarly to last year the market remains highly competitive for candidates and is driven by the ‘candidate’s choice’. Companies have found it increasingly difficult to attract skilled engineers in the following areas; design, maintenance, electronics, manufacturing and engineering. As a result the market will become smaller for qualified and experienced candidates and we may see salaries increasing in order to meet the demand versus supply.
It is a highly competitive industry for talent at present and this is not set to change, especially with further growth and investment in the engineering sector and the development of an entrepreneurial base for new set-up organisations.
If you are interested in working in the engineering sector, take a look at the current jobs on offer with Grafton.