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UK Skills Shortage Occupation 12 Electrical Engineer


This is the twelfth instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of electrical engineer.

In this series of blogs, we will be taking a look at skills shortages in the UK as published by, a leading international immigration consultancy firm. The occupations that we will cover in this series are listed as those where the skills shortage is such that employers struggle to fill the roles to such an extent that jobs on this list do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA (European Economic Area) immigrant.

What does an electrical engineer do?

Electrical engineers work on projects with other workers like civil engineers, architects and engineering technicians. Amongst other things, electrical engineers:

  • carry out feasibility studies;
  • draw up plans and circuit diagrams;
  • test installations and systems;
  • analyse test data.

Where electrical engineers work:

Electrical engineers work in many sectors and for big and for small companies. You could work in the transport industry, manufacturing, construction, power, telecommunications – you name it!

How do you get into electrical engineering?

Most electrical engineers begin their career with a relevant, accredited degree but it is possible to begin your career with a foundation degree or HND (you may need to do further training).

The kind of work skills that you’ll need as an electrical engineer are:

  • maths, science and IT
  • the ability to make and understand technical diagrams
  • analytical / problem solving skills
  • communication
  • decision-making skills.

Electrical engineering – The labour market

The electrical engineering workforce is projected to grow by 6.1% over the period to 2024, creating 2,700 jobs and at the same time, 23.7% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 10,400 more job openings. Read more about engineering careers.

The average starting salary for an electrical engineer is between £20,000 and £25,000.

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About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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