ap8889 wrote:Similar tale in my line of work, corporate driven immigration has reduced UK day rates to a sad level, driving me overseas to better markets.
The other issue is that the UK no longer has critical mass of self-sustaining mittelstand engineering/technical companies to support the HR ecosystem that delivers a workforce for jobs, and jobs for a workforce. Since employees can't take a X-year gap at an industry's will then the supply gets switched off and never restarted.
I recently passed on some CEng/EurIng level jobs (i.e. 4-year Hons degree; loadsa maths; typically 4-8 years of serious work & training; finally qualification) for medical sciences mecheng design roles* in Cambridge UK to the juniors in my network. Salary £45-55k. Contrast that with the typical GP salary for an equivalent point in the career which is £60k-£80k for a GP role that has infinitely greater job market security/liquidity/flexibility. Is it no wonder that there are very few juniors in my network ? I also pointed out the salary issue to the recruiter who shrugged - if they can't fill it in the UK they will either offshore it or use it as proof to get a visa to import. My US peers laughed when they saw the salary.
The most important thing you can help your kids with if they are interested in this line of work at a professional level (apart from interest/motivation/understanding) is a passport for either EU or USA. The former was just $%%^& over by 52%. Duh.
PS. When I take on young apprentices, technicians, engineers a key concern I have these days is whether the package I can offer them is in their best interests. If I cannot offer enough years of job security into a pool of employment of sufficient size (outwith our company) then generally I consider it better (in duty of care terms) to offer the positions to middle-aged or elderly out-of-work folks: they are trapped in the industry(s) and have nothing to lose. We should not gull the youngsters in if we cannot deliver on the promises. Needless to say the politicians do not like being told these realities - they know it is an inditement of what they have done.
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