New research from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) shows that 48% of organisations are struggling to find suitably skilled engineers to fill senior vacancies.
In addition, some 31% of respondents to the skills survey said they found that new recruits in engineering and IT did not meet the required level of skill.
The IET said it urges engineering practitioners to acquire the appropriate registration to professionally recognise their skills and experience.
This will help to demonstrate their knowledge, competency and commitment to the profession, as well appear more favourably in recruitment processes, the IET said.
Parsons Brinckerhoff quality surveillance engineer Craig Owens, who has undergone the professional registration process, said: “Clients are reassured that I have the necessary skills and expertise to do my job and my current employer even uses it as a selling point to clients when requesting my services.”