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Get exciting work or lose engineers warns survey

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HIGH PROFILE and exciting projects are the main reasons why engineers move jobs according to a survey of over 200 engineers published this week.

Exciting projects came top of the list, above salary or working for a big name company says the survey by recruitment agency Resourcing Solutions (RSL).

Construction firms must get prestige projects on their books if they are to survive the skills shortage said RSL managing director Richard Lawrance.

Projects such as the Olympics; Heathrow East; Crossrail and major road works are likely to feature high on engineer's wish lists, he said.

Lawrence said 53% of respondents said that working on a high profile project was most important, 51% said they would move for higher pay, while 13% said the identity of the prospective employer was an important factor.

Engineers are becoming better self promoters. They are becoming more experienced in the application process and less inclined to remain in a company through inertia, ' Lawrance told NCE.

Some 59% of engineers thought it very important that the new job offered promotion prospects.

Lawrance said that he advised his clients to take on people who may not be qualified for the job but who could be trained quickly. As well as securing a member of staff, training also breeds loyalty.

He explained small companies working on interesting projects were finding it easier to recruit then the larger companies offering more mundane work.

'The boot is on the other foot.

Companies must now differentiate themselves to the candidate and its not just a case of attracting new skills but about keeping the old ones.'

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