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Recruiters struggle to find skilled senior engineers

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.”

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  • I am rather taken aback by this news item and find it disengenuous. I am a chartered civil engineer with membership of two institutions, ICE and CIHT, with 30+ years experience and was made redundant in the spring from a senior position in a consultants. I have been applying for posts since then without any success, not even attaining an interview. Despite recruitment agencies telling me I have a very strong cv with the amount and breadth of my experience I am being told I am too experienced for jobs of slightly lower grade than I was on or not an exact fit for posts at a similar level. Therefore, I find comments that recruiters cannot fill senior posts very alien to what I am experiencing. What seens to be happening is that recruiters are lazily requiring this exact fit (which not actually be achievable) and overlook the fact that as engineers we are taught to think and be able to solve problems, I certainly was at university. Therefore, even though I might not be totally proficient in a skill immediately, I can learn as that is what I was taught to do!

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