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Skilled graduates needed for consultancy and engineering

Published: Tuesday, 04 September 2007   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

More graduates are needed to help fill a massive skills shortage in the consultancy and engineering sector, a new report has claimed.

A review by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) suggests that there may be as many as 20,000 unfilled sector vacancies at present.

And the association warns that measures to address the deficit must be put into practice immediately, as a further 2,400 empty vacancies are expected within the next year.

Commenting on the need for skilled graduates within the sector, ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: "The Review confirms that recruitment and staff retention is a serious issue affecting our sector.

"ACE will be taking steps to address the issues raised, including plans for the introduction of a Recruitment Agency Charter, the development of a recruitment portal, and the implementation of a new ACE Business Academy in 2008."

Meanwhile, graduates are suffering in the financial sector with 32 per cent of accountants claiming to be suffering from stress and more than a quarter alleging to be affected by a lack of energy.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18267403-ADNFCR

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