Engineers, the production system asks for 14,000 but in half of the cases it cannot find them

26/04/2022 – Despite the slowdown in the economy, the demand for engineers from the production system continues to be high. Even smaller professional firms are currently looking for engineers, who are often difficult to find.

To detect it is the CNI Study Center through an in-depth analysis of the data of the Excelsior Unioncamere-Anpal Information System.

Of the 76,200 workers working in highly specialized professions, required in the coming months, well 18,000 relate to graduates in engineering and similar professions (of which 13,720 engineers). Among the highly specialized scientific and technical professions, engineers are currently the most in demand.

It is worth underlining that in addition to the 18,000 engineering graduates that the market would need, there are also, in the context of those who work with technical duties, another 14,850 engineers in the engineering field.

Specifically, a needs of over 4,000 civil engineering and architecture graduatesover 4,000 graduates in electronic and information engineering, 4,000 industrial engineering graduates and about 1,200 graduates in other engineering fields.

There remains, however, a strong gap between the demand of the production system and the availability of professionals highly specialized. While, for example, in 35% of cases companies complain about the difficulty of finding graduates in the economic field, the level of difficulty rises to 53% for engineering graduates. This means that more than half of the facilities that currently need an engineer cannot find one, most of the time due to lack of applications.

Zambrano: ‘request for construction engineers for the superbonus’

“The traditional gap between supply and demand of industrial and information engineers – says Armando Zambrano, President of CNI -, of which many manufacturing and tertiary sectors seem to have a strong need, is added in this phase a fairly substantial request for engineers construction by many professional firms, even of limited size. There design with Superbonus 110% in fact, it has broadened the operational horizon of many freelancers “.

“We know for sure that many professional firms, right now, are in close contact with universities to recruit young resources. This exchange and comparison between ‘new generation’ of engineering and professionals with more consolidated experience represents for us an important event, perhaps unprecedented, capable, in our opinion, of increasing the quality of Italian engineering ”.

“I Superbonus remain an important development opportunity for us not only for our professional category but for the whole country; they are an opportunity to renew the Italian real estate assets in terms of energy saving and earthquake safety. This is why we hope that the rules on building bonuses will be improved and made more durable over time “.

The projections and estimates available on labor market trends and, above all, the demand for some professional figures should stimulate a debate on the underlying reasons for situations that are in many ways contrasting. The fact that of over 14,000 engineers required, likely fewer than 7,000 will be available in the coming monthsshould push both the institutions that govern and regulate the labor market and the market operators and the engineering system itself to reflect on some facts.

Salary level often inadequate for specialized figures

It is probable that at least part of the phenomenon of unavailability of engineers could be mitigated if the university courses in engineering took into greater consideration the continuous micro-adjustments to which the production system and also the market in which freelancers operate are subjected. Professional Orders are important and effective antennas on the territory, antennas with which universities could periodically compare themselves to guide engineering courses more effectively.

A second relevant aspect, which would require appropriate further study, is the salary level, often inadequate for specialized figures such as those in the engineering field, offered by the market and such as to discourage even the presentation of an application.

“Our analyzes – he says Giuseppe Margiotta, President of the CNI Study Center – they tend to constantly monitor the progress of the labor market in which engineers operate, naturally placing them in a broader context, which involves other professions. We are aware that we are part of a whole, so it is important to understand not only what happens to engineers, but also to many other professional figures, as well as defining a more complete scenario of the labor market “.

“The latest valuable data provided by the Excelsior Information System highlights the opportunity for a constant dialogue between our Orders and the Universities in order to direct university courses even more to what the market (made up of companies and professional firms) requires. As a Study Center, however, we would like some interesting experiences of comparison and dialogue between regional federations of Orders of Engineers and Universities to be shared by all the Orders to initiate an exchange of ideas between the training system and the labor market which we consider particularly useful “.

Source: National Council of Engineers Foundation

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