Manufacturing leaders threaten to quit industry

semtaSillars300British Manufacturing is threatened with a mass exodus of executives because companies aren’t doing enough to help improve their skills, a report published today (24 April) has revealed.

The 2013 Harvey Nash Manufacturing Leadership survey shows that 40% of executive staff in the sector are planning to switch jobs because they believe they are being starved of skills.

Sector skills organisation Semta, which helped produce the report, is urging employers to invest in training and grow their own, more loyal, talent through apprenticeships.

The report also showed that hiring staff is proving problematic with around 10,000 hard-to-fill vacancies every year mainly due to skills shortages.

Semta CEO Sarah Sillars (pictured) said: “For the last three years business leaders surveyed have cited their top operational concerns as an inability to recruit good people and a lack of available skilled workers.

“Money may be tight right now but skills gaps and shortages impact on companies’ ability to deliver and stay competitive. It’s clear employers risk losing experienced staff unless they invest in skills.”

The report also provides an insight into how little is being done to increase the number of women working in manufacturing and engineering. Of those surveyed, almost three quarters said their organisation was not actively trying to increase the number of women employees within their business.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2012.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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