Growing interest in science and engineering jobs set to tackle Britain’s skills gap

The Telegraph reports that Britain’s STEM skills shortage could soon start to ease, with new figures showing a growing appetite for science, technology, engineering and maths careers among job searchers.

Three years ago, the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) vacancies outnumbered candidates by nearly two to one, but figures from job site Indeed showed that today the number of people searching for STEM jobs had reached 90pc of the number of vacancies.

The ratio has risen from 0.57 in January 2014 to 0.90 in July 2017, showing the supply of suitable candidates has now almost caught up with employer demand.

The data shows a generational split among job seekers, with millennials and those in their 30s the most interested in STEM roles, with the latter 16pc more likely to search for a STEM job than other work.

And those seeking a career in the field of science, technology, engineering or maths do not necessarily need a qualification. Around 13pc of the 200 most popular STEM jobs listed on Indeed are entry-level roles that do not require a university degree, the most popular of which are chiropractic assistant and patient care assistant.

The NHS remains Britain’s biggest STEM recruiter, with Specsavers, PwC and Accenture also among the 20 top STEM employers in the UK.

The core root of this growing skills gap is education, from school through to university, and workplace training, it found.

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A conflicting report from what we’ve recently read. Interesting that around 13% of the 200 most popular STEM jobs don’t require a degree?  Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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