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What are the Growth Sectors in Engineering?

Posted by: Warren Drobac
Industry News

Engineering job vacancies over the coming years in the UK are looking positive.  

Navartis already work with many of the UK’s leading consultancies, contractors and infrastructure owners and operators to supply permanent and fixed term contract staff including Project Engineers, Site Engineers and Engineering Managers and we see this as a growth area in-line with the growing market needs for now and the coming years.

Findings published in the State of Engineering Report 2017 highlight the fact that the UK economy will rely on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills sets to play a vital role in helping to ensure that Britain is well placed in the modern world.

The Future of the UK Engineering Industry

According to the findings, £486 billion is being contributed by engineering industries to the UK GDP. There has also been a 7% rise in the number of UK engineering enterprises and there are around 5.7 million British workers employed by an engineering-related company. That’s around 19% of the total of UK employment which is a staggering number by all counts. To motivate young engineers to dive into the industry (and to provide existing engineers with the promising possibility of a career switch), there is a future forecast of 186,000 people with engineering skills needed annually all the way through to 2024. Speaking of young engineers, there has been a massive increase of 51% in 11 to 16-year-olds that would consider a career in engineering.

This is fantastic news for anyone who is interested in a career in the automotive, rail, power utilities or even nuclear industries. With so many job openings forecasted in the future and also opportunities for skilled immigrants to come and work in the UK to fill shortages, there’s never been a better time to be invested in the engineering industry.

Road and Rail Transport Industry Growth

There are around 58,000 workers employed in this industry, but the number is set to double by 2030 thanks to the government investing around £400 billion into transport projects, making the road and rail transport sector a potentially lucrative one.

Nuclear Industry Growth

The UK government wants nuclear energy to be more reliable with the energy it provides. It’s a low-carbon and cost-competitive form of electricity, and the workforce is expected to grow by 28,000 openings by 2021.

Oil and Gas Industry Growth

Companies like BP, ExxonMobil and Schlumberger are always on the lookout for talented engineers to join their industry. The Institute of Directors (IoD) claims that shale gas production could potentially create 74,000 more jobs by 2030.

The Keys to the Future of Engineering

Young students are becoming more and more interested (and most importantly, aware) of the opportunities that lay dormant in the engineering world.

These enticing opportunities are far too good to pass up, hence why there are more and more students becoming interested in engineering.
There is still a need for more gender diversity and also widening the pipeline that leads engineers from education into an actual job. There’s a lot of work to be done, but the future is looking bright for engineers in the UK.
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