01 February 2008

Engineer shortage could encourage UK immigration

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The British government is to launch an inquiry into the skills shortage facing the engineering sector in the UK. It is believed one of the solutions it might look to is an increase in UK immigration. There is a shortage of qualified engineers graduating from university so skilled workers may be brought in from abroad through UK immigration to solve the problem. The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has welcomed the inquiry.

Nelson Ogunshakin, ACE chief executive, said: "Immediate action is needed if we are to solve the engineering skills crisis. Our recent investigation shows that there are today 20,000 unfilled vacancies in the consultancy and engineering sector alone. We will be highlighting this and a range of other issues in our response to the committee's inquiry."

A recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has revealed that the number of people enjoying the benefits of UK immigration could double in the next 20 years.

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