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Skills shortages leading to increased interest in new technology

04 June 2018

A recent MHA MacIntyre Hudson survey of manufacturing and engineering clients, found that three-quarters of respondents face recruitment challenges, with 46% seeking to fill skilled vacancies.

The struggle to attract talent is being exacerbated by Brexit. One-fifth of survey respondents – over 460 clients and contacts in the manufacturing and engineering sectors – said they have lost or are at risk of losing staff because the UK is leaving the EU. As a result, the majority (82%) are now looking at technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to address the labour gap, and over half (53%) would rather invest in new technology than people.

The shift towards technology also reflects the industry’s dwindling faith in government initiatives, said the report authors. Three-fifths of respondents felt that the UK government’s industrial strategy doesn’t go far enough to address issues rife within the sector, and that the apprenticeship levy has had minimal impact on attracting workers to the industry.

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