A survey conducted in mid-February by Experis (a unit of ManpowerGroup) is encouraging employers to integrate flexible work options to meet the growing demand for engineering talent. The study of 700 engineers and 200 hiring managers shows that more than 60 percent of engineers may look for a new job this year and around 40 percent are actively looking.
Hiring managers are finding it difficult to fill open engineering positions. According to the annual ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey, engineers are among the top 10 hardest positions to fill nationally since 2008. 88 percent of surveyed hiring managers plan to hire engineers in 2014, however, 29 percent are not confident they will find the necessary engineering talent for their businesses.
IT professionals have come to recognize the best way to increase their salaries is to find new employment. Experis Vice President, Richard Hutchings, says the survey results should “signal a wake-up call to employers who want to keep their engineers on staff.” He also notes that, in order to protect themselves from employment voids, employers must “embrace flexible workforce models so they can tap into talent communities of engineers when and where they need them. With so many engineers planning to change jobs this year, employers don’t want to be left in the cold when good engineers are hard to find.”
58 percent of engineers say they rarely or never have the choice to work remotely, but the number of companies offering telecommute options is on the rise – notably in Silicon Valley. The opportunity for such flexibility may be a contributing factor in an engineer’s decision to job hop.
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