Cordant Focus

Category: Industry Sector Insights


“All aboard - sea your future - marine engineer”

It has been forecast that engineering employers will need to recruit 2.56million people by 2022, and 257,000 of these will be new vacancies. According to the latest Engineering UK 2015 report on the state of the engineering industry, there is a requirement for a rise in skill level to a Level 4 and above qualification, although currently employers are looking for at least a Level 3 qualification. It is anticipated that 56,000 jobs per year will require a level 3 qualification, and 107,000 will require at least a level 4 qualification (HNC, HND, NVQ4, Degree etc).  

Access to skilled marine engineers enables shipbuilders to design and build technologically advanced ships. This gives firms an edge in winning contracts and customers.

Key Facts - Skills Shortage

  • In shipping there is a huge shortage of marine and chief engineers.

  • The Armed Forces face a critical shortage of specialist servicemen, including marine engineers and submariners.

  • The Navy currently has a shortfall of approximately 200 marine engineers and 175 weapons engineers, also there is also a shortfall of 60 nuclear watch keepers - the seamen are responsible for monitoring the nuclear reactors on submarines.

  • The navy recently spent £10million on engineers' redundancy payments - now it is splashing £2.5million trying to get them back.

  • Naval engineers who have recently retired are being rehired on one-year rolling contracts.

  • The navy has a desperate skills gap for marine engineers.

  • Commanders plan to borrow 36 engineers from the US coast-guard and have launched a recruitment drive in Commonwealth countries to find new marine engineers.