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UK manufacturing 'needs management skills'

Published: Friday, 28 March 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

New research has discovered that the UK manufacturing industry is seriously lacking in management skills, according to new research.

A survey of more than 400 interim managers specialising in manufacturing, commissioned by interim management provider Russam GMS found that some 86 per cent of respondents feel there is a shortage affecting the entire industry.

Additionally, one in five stated employees with change-management skills were required to address the issue, while 18 per cent said there was a lack of good project management skills in the sector.

Commenting on the findings, John Wilson, head of manufacturing practice at Russam GMS, said that the skills shortage appears to be "particularly pronounced" within the area of management, which may be of note to graduates.

"While this is good news for interim managers in terms of generating good employment prospects, it is an issue that needs addressing now if UK manufacturing companies want to retain their competitive edge," he said.


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