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Shortage of skills in engineering sector still evident

The Hays Salary Guide has revealed that there is still a shortage of skills in the engineering sector.

Almost two-thirds of employers (63 per cent) believe that skills shortages will affect the operation of their business or department, according to the 2013 Hays Salary Guide.

Most of these employers (45 per cent) said that these skills shortage will affect them in a minor way, while 18 per cent indicated it would affect them significantly.

Around 12 to 15 per cent of employers in the technical, engineering, IT and sales and marketing areas said they were finding it difficult to recruit at the junior to mid management level.

Aircraft maintenance engineers (both avionics and mechanical) are listed on the National Skills Needs List, so if you’re looking for engineering apprenticeships in Queensland, these may be trades you want to consider in order to take advantage of the financial incentives offered.

The guide also indicated that at a senior management level, 13 per cent of engineering employers are facing difficulties filling roles.

“Our 2013 Hays Salary Guide shows that skills shortages are still evident within the Accountancy & Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Technical, Engineering and IT sectors of the market,” said managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand Nick Deligiannis.

“Perhaps this explains why employer branding is still considered vitally important to successful recruitment.”

Factors such as career path/training and development, work/life balance, and salary and benefits were identified by employers as having a major or significant impact on employment branding.

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