The shortage of required skilled workforce is compelling several firms to replace manual workforce with machines.
The skills shortage in the UK is despite the fact that the nation is having a soaring rate of unemployment.
Manufacturing industry warns of skills shortage in the UK—The sector facing acute shortage of required skilled workforce happens to be the manufacturing sector.
As per the second quarter Manufacturing Outlook survey for the year 2011 undertaken by EEF, a manufacturers’ organization, and an accountancy firm BDO, the economy of the UK has become stagnated in the period of last half year while the growth in the manufacturing sector has been up by 2. 3 percent thanks to the exports.
Huge increase in the number of jobs in manufacturing sector--No wonder, this led to a big increase in the number of positions of jobs in this sector. The survey involving 519 UK manufactures revealed that for the past six quarters in a row, number of companies wishing to recruit new workforce has been growing, while those planning to cut back their staff has gone down considerably.
Hence, a major cause of concern among the employers in the UK is how to find the people with required skill-sets in order to keep the growth rate stable.
Focus on education and training to UK people--It has urged the UK government to put increased focus on providing increased education as well as training opportunities to the people if it wants to secure a constant economic development in the nation.
According to health of manufacturing at BDO, Tom Lawton, employers are willing to hire new workers, but their predicament, at present, is to find the workers having required skills. Only this can help in enabling the UK get a winning edge over the other nations, adds Lawton.
For this, the first and foremost priority for the UK government should be to ensure education and training in manufacturing and engineering in order to make sure the manufacturing sector gets workers with skills in great demand in the nation.