This report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology looks at the attitudes and responses of engineering and IT employers to recruitment and skills challenges.

With a known shortage of engineers in the UK, this annual report uses interviews with 800 UK employers from across engineering and IT to explore views on recruitment and skills gaps, and how this relates to diversity. Despite continuing recruitment challenges, companies are doing less to recruit from more diverse backgrounds than they were in 2017, which is of significant concern.


  • 61% consider the recruitment of engineering and technical staff with the right skills as a barrier to achieving business objectives over the next three years.
  • Only 15% of businesses said that they made particular efforts to attract and retain women in engineering and technical roles compared to 34% in 2016.
  • Only 9% of businesses take actions to increase the BAME and LGBT diversity of their engineering and technical workforce, compared to 22% in 2016.
  • 24% of businesses are proactively involved in deploying female ambassadors as role models in schools and colleges, and only 2% send out ethnic minority ambassadors.

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