Many businesses in the utilities and energy sector are having trouble finding the skills they need. EU Skills research states that the UK’s energy and utility workforce will need to increase by more than 200,000 people by 2023. The Royal Academy of Engineering agrees, publishing that “There is good econometric evidence that the demand for graduate engineers exceeds supply and the demand is pervasive across the economy.”
While UK STEM graduates and apprentices can fill some of these positions, there is an acute shortage of skilled candidates, particularly for more experienced positions. This is clearly shown where one in six employers in the utilities and energy sector report skills gaps and sector employers can’t fill one in eight of their vacancies.
“One solution is to consider international skilled candidates” explains Permits2Work Director Matthew Passmore, “Hiring an international student used to be seen as a long and difficult process that could collapse at any minute, sending you back to square one. Permits2Work have decades of experience helping businesses secure Tier 2 visas for international students for skilled employment. We’ve secured work visas for thousands of candidates, managing with the entire process to ensure a smooth migration to the UK, for both the candidate and their new employer”.
“Finding international candidates is easier than ever, but securing work visas for engineers coming into the UK is still a daunting process to many HR departments” continues Matthew, “Even those currently handling immigration in house may have experienced problems with rejected applications, slow responses and frustrating paperwork. Permits2Work simplifies the process, giving you clear, simple and honest advice from the start, giving you the confidence to consider non-EEA candidates on your next recruitment search”.
EngineeringUK report that engineering-based enterprises are nearly twice as likely as other businesses to have ‘hard-to-fill’ vacancies, while nearly half of all engineering enterprises report that recruiting difficulties have delayed the development of new products and services and increased operating costs. Not having the right candidates costs UK companies thousands of pounds every single day. Solve the problem with Permits2Work.