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Employment Boost in Northern Manufacturing and Engineering Sector

Recruiters report a 32% increase in placements across the industry

Job opportunities in the engineering and manufacturing sector across Yorkshire increased by almost a third over the second quarter this year, despite recent uncertainty within the steel industry, according to Elevation Recruitment Group.

The business, which operates across eight specialist sectors, says its Engineering and Manufacturing division has placed 32% more candidates between April and June than the previous quarter; with senior level or management roles accounting for more than half of that total.

The business has also reported particular growth within the building products and aerospace industries, with recovery also noted for the oil and gas sector which has seen ‘limited recruitment opportunities’ in recent years.

Senior Director and head of Elevation Recruitment Group’s Engineering and Manufacturing division, John Bohan, said: “The north is synonymous with manufacturing, and the last quarter demonstrates Yorkshire’s appetite to continue to drive success within the sector.

“The fact that so many of the roles we are filling on behalf of our clients are at a senior level is also a reflection of the industry’s commitment to maintaining its reputation for excellence whilst driving efficiencies from within.

“Over 50% of these roles have been in production and operations management, for example, demonstrating demand for leadership within growing businesses.”

Working with clients and candidates across the North of England, Elevation Recruitment Group’s E&M division offers specialist solutions in a wide array of industries, including: aerospace, automotive, energy, nuclear, oil and gas, metals and renewables.

It has long established relationships with the business community, and is the recruitment partner of choice for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

On a candidate basis, it also supports ‘Speak Out for Engineering’, aimed at supporting and developing newly qualified Engineers.

John continued: “There has been particular growth within the building products and aerospace industries. Meanwhile, the oil and gas sector – which has seen a low recruitment drive in recent years – is showing signs of recovery. Offshore wind is also becoming an increasingly strong sector, as shown by the recent investments in the North by DONG Energy.

“The perception over recent months has been that perhaps the industry is playing it safe, at best, even struggling; but these figures suggest otherwise. And with the launch of British Steel last month – following the sale of Tata Steel to Greybull Capital – we don’t anticipate that this upward trajectory will slow anytime soon.”