UK Immigration: Engineering Report Reveals Skills Shortage in UK

Engineering UK, a not for profit organisation, has today released a report, in which they have highlighted how there is a massive shortage of skills in the area and UK companies will need 182,000 workers a year, with engineering skills in the decade to 2022 to generate £27 billion a year for the UK economy from 2022. Currently there is an annual shortfall of 55,000. This news will come of interest to international migrants who wish to study or pursue a career in engineering in the UK.

Engineering UK: Skills Shortage

Engineering UK, which promotes the industry are of the opinion that to meet the projected employer demand, the number of engineering apprentices and graduates entering the industry will need to double. The organisation admit that the UK  will need to expand it’s horizons in order to ensure that it has the pool of future engineering talent it needs.

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary for the UK is willing to invest in this area and believes that:

“A strong British engineering sector is vital to the long term sustainability of our economic recovery, and increasing the supply of engineers is at the heart of this.”

We reported in October 2014 last year that Home Office figures showed that 1,171 engineers from non-EU countries entered the UK in 2013/14, up from 859 in 2012/13. Due to the skills shortage in the UK, UK businesses were looking abroad and were having to import skilled engineers. Figures revealed that the number of non-EU engineers coming to the Britain had risen by 36% over the 2013.

Non-EU Engineers Filling UK Roles

Statistics revealed by the Home Office refer to work permits (i.e. Tier 2 Visas) issued to non-EU engineers filling roles on the Home Office’s Shortage of Occupation List. The list is used for career information to labour market entrants, job matching by employment agencies and the development of government labour market policies.

Tier 2 General Visa: this visa route allows graduates (in certain circumstances)  to stay and work in the UK for up to 5 years. Under this route, dependents or ‘family members’ as they are known,  of Tier 2 visa holders are able to apply to live in the UK with the Tier 2 visa holder. A dependent is classed as a husband, wife, partner or child under 18.

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