Engineering Sector Overview

The pace of technological development is such that many of the existing jobs in engineering will have evolved significantly in years to come.

  • Major growth sectors include aerospace, chemicals, space and renewable energy.
  • The sector faces a significant skills gap and emphasis is now on creating a seamless career path into engineering.
  • Engineering makes a vital and valued contribution to the UK economy, and can help mitigate the major global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, and supply of food, clean water and energy.
  • Over a quarter of the UK’s firms operate in engineering sectors.
  • Engineering sectors produce the majority of the nation’s exports and play an essential role in supporting the UK’s international competitiveness by investing in research and development and innovation.

Engineering Sector Details

The sector’s critical skills shortage presents an opportunity for education establishments and employers to collaborate and for fresh talent coming through the ranks to gain valuable skills for career progression.

  • We recruit a wide range of roles in engineering, from procurement and purchasing to logistics and supply chain.
  • There is greater emphasis on technical competency in today’s climate as well as strong management and leadership skills to oversee complex, fast-evolving projects.
  • The challenge posed by ‘hard to fill’ roles in the sector could potentially stall new product development and innovation. Access to training and development and high calibre candidates is critical for the economy.

Latest vacancies in this sector


Managing Director (Engineering)

Cheshire, Cheshire West and Chester

Excellent Benefits

Managing Director £ competitive salary Cheshire West   Are you a proven or aspiring Managing Director, with a technical background in mechanical engineering? Are you looking for a fantastic opportunity to lead a successful, profitable business with si...

1 month ago

Procurement Manager

Burnley, Lancashire

£40000.00 - £50000 per annum

Role Title Procurement Manager Engineering & Manufacturing c . £40,000 - £50,000 Benefits Burnley, Lancashire Role Profile Fantastic opportunity to develop & manage a world class Procurement function that is responsible for ensuring all deman...

1 week ago

Head of Facilities (National Network)

Coventry, West Midlands

£75000 - £85000 per annum Car Allowance

Head of Facilities (National Network) Coventry £75,000 - £85,000 Car Allowance Role Profile A market leading Logistics business is looking to employ a Head of Facilities to look after the Facilities Management across the whole UK network. With a clea...

2 weeks ago

Continuous Improvement - Ind Engineer Specialist


Exceptional Bonus - Flexible Working

Industrial Engineer / Continuous Improvement Manufacturing UK Wide - Remote Working £70,000 - £75,000 Outstanding Benefits package Flexible Working Role Profile Due to the ongoing success of this exciting technology innovation business, they are n...

1 month ago

Quality Inspector

Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset

£23000 - £28000 per annum

Quality Inspector Weston-Super-Mare, UK £26,000 - £28,000 Company Profile Our client is a global organisation providing electrical product solutions to a wide range of sectors, including Defence, Rail and Aviation. This position will be responsible for...

1 month ago


Milnthorpe, Cumbria

£35000.00 - £45000.00 per annum Benefits

Buyer, Milnthorpe, £35,000 - £45,000 DoE Benefits Are you looking for new opportunity working for an innovative and exciting company? Somewhere you can work alongside and learn from a people-centric management team that are always striving to be better?...

2 months ago

Product Manager

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

£55000.00 - £65000.00 per annum

Exciting opportunity for a Product Manager/Engineer to join an international business and support them with a new product line for Food and Pharma!!! You'll play a key part in Testing and Validation - support a product that has an order book of 2 years a...

2 months ago

Applications Engineer (German Speaker)

Leeds, West Yorkshire

£32500.00 - £35000.00 per annum plus benefits

I'm working with a state-of-the-art business to recruit an Application Engineer to support product specification and application enquiries. This role is used to help grads gain product knowledge before progressing within the company, with regular promotio...

4 months ago

HSQE Co-ordinator

Ealing, London

£32000.00 - £35000.00 per annum Benefits

HSQE Co-ordinator Ealing £32,000 - £35,000 Benefits Role Summary: Our client is a market leading maintenance machinery provider and are looking to recruit a Health & Safety Co-ordinator to their operation in Ealing. The role is to provide professional...

4 months ago

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Karen Owen

HR Business Partner at JD Sports


Cast UK recently completed a large recruitment assignment on our behalf, recruiting all required employees at every level from Operations Manager through to drivers for a newly constructed site in Harlow. They fulfilled all of the project’s requirements within a very tight timescale to a very high standard.

Their knowledge of our business & culture alongside their sector specialist expertise make it a pleasure to work with Cast UK

Stuart Fairbairn

Head of HR, Bunzl Catering Services


Cast UK take real time to get to know us as a business and really get under the skin of what the role is, what we’re looking for, the culture fit of the business and make sure that they are really trying to find us the absolute best people. We can always rely on Cast  to give us some advice in terms of who’s on the market at the moment and what they are looking for from us as an employer

We’ve got a really great relationship with Cast UK and one that we hope will flourish over the years.

Clare Archibald

HR Manager at Ella's Kitchen


Abbey recognises that the increased demand for excellent logistics candidates in the UK means we need to work hard to attract the best talent in the industry to maintain a top level of service for our Blue Chip clientele. We are confident that Cast UK can provide us with candidates that have the right knowledge and experience to allow us to continue our expansion going forward.

Steve Granite

Managing Director at Abbey Logistics Group


Cast UK spent considerable time making sure they understood our business and the role thoroughly, touring our warehouse and investigating exactly what was required. They worked in partnership with us to ensure that our business and culture were matched incredibly well with the best candidates, we were very impressed.
Cast UK’s depth of knowledge regarding our sector and the role’s requirements were second to none.

Chris Illingworth

Finance & Operations Director at Widdop, Bingham & Co ltd.


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