Future recruitment challenges for the industrial and manufacturing industries

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Companies are being hit by various factors that are making it increasingly difficult to attract, recruit and retain top talent in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

A recent RSM US Middle Market Leadership Council survey found that 72 percent of companies are struggling to find and retain skilled employees. In the US alone, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are likely be needed in the next 10 years, but 2 million of them are expected to go unfilled, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

It is the same picture here in the UK. The annual labour turnover survey from Make UK found increased turnover for the second year running (14% in the metals and other manufacturing sectors) as employees take advantage of skills shortages and an abundance of vacancies to move jobs for a better offer.

Manufacturing and industrial recruitment challenges

Marketplace needs are changing. Companies are grappling with the multiple challenges of succession planning in an aging workforce, rapid technological changes, a new generation of young professionals with different expectations for their workplace and career – and that’s before you factor in the uncertainties of global economics and politics, including an imminent and likely chaotic Brexit.

Robotics and AI are reducing the need for lower skilled workers, but increasing the need for highly specialised senior professionals. An injection moulding and plastics company, for example, can cut its wages bill on the factory shop floor by utilising 3-D printing tools, but then instead needs a team of engineers with a range of specialised expertise in additional disciplines – as well as senior leaders who understand the roles required and how to manage them effectively.

Generalist Vs specialist recruitment

In an increasingly specialised jobs market like this, the traditional large generalist executive recruitment partnership models no longer meet the niche and highly specialised needs of the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

That’s exactly why I, and fellow founder Jason, set TS Grale up. Together, we have over 40 years of experience in delivering services to this community. We saw the demand for a specialist executive recruitment service completely focused on the manufacturing and industrial sector; one that was best in class and that provided an assessment service that was better than others.

Having recently won several prestigious contracts in North America – including identifying and assessing talent for VP of Sales and Infrastructure roles – we now have a client base that stretches across the Atlantic from the UK to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, USA and Canada.

We have also recently won projects with tier one automotive and aerospace suppliers to identify Managing Directors for UK and European subsidiary businesses.

Recruitment solutions for the manufacturing and industrial sectors

TS Grale’s assessment differentiates itself in the market, first and foremost by the fact that we have the best consultants working for our business. They have a wonderful in-depth knowledge of the markets that we serve, and that knowledge, understanding and experience allows them to better assess talent for our customers. It also means they can challenge our customers in a positive way to make sure that they are looking for the right kind of individual to help them achieve their business goals.

In addition to that, we are at the forefront of research into what makes a world-class leader, and we’re soon to release a paper about this to the market. Some of the findings from this paper will help underpin our assessment services in the future.

TS Grale has just celebrated its third anniversary, is on target to grow turnover to more than £2 million this year and will create 18 new jobs over the next 24 months.

If you’d like to talk to us about finding the right people you need to help your business grow, I’d love to hear from you.

Contact us via the website or call 0113 487 9300 today.

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