Increased demand for specialists in engineering


Engineering Market Update

As we’ve reached the end of the first semester, it's the ideal time to share our insights on the engineering & supply chain job market so far in 2015. What were the most popular roles in demand, what are candidates' expectations and what are the most recent trends in salary levels?

Key trends

  • High demand for multidisciplinary specialists such as experienced construction and electromechanical engineers
  • Job content continued to be the key driver for engineering candidates to change jobs, with mobility and work flexibility as main influencing factors
  • Increased complexity of (global) supply chains fuelled the demand for customer-centric supply chain professionals

Key developments

Companies continued to strive for a sustainable safety and quality excellence level and sought to attract QHSE professionals who could establish a behavioural-based culture within the whole corporation. Many companies further developed their safety culture, aiming to continuously improve safety (and quality) performance.

Most popular roles in demand

The construction sector continued to search for experienced project managers and calculators. Manufacturing and production companies sought maintenance managers and skilled technical personnel for a variety of production and maintenance functions. Project managers in HVAC, energy and special techniques remained in high demand in various industry sectors such as engineering, retail, industrial services and construction.

Salary developments

Engineering remained a highly candidate driven sector and companies were willing to offer salary packages that matched the increasingly high skills requirements for  particular roles. This was mainly the case for large companies that sought professionals for international roles. Companies hiring at the local level were not inclined to increase base salaries but successfully attracted talent through a comprehensive set of fringe benefits, including company cars and  flexible working.

Companies’ expectations

When searching for construction engineers, companies were particularly interested in professionals with sound project management and excellent communication skills, or electromechanical engineers with strong service skills and commercial business acumen. Alongside the search for the appropriate set of hard skills, many companies paid increased attention to soft skills. Those soft skills in high demand included the ability to work in a team, persuasiveness, client orientation, being result-driven and possessing leadership potential. The desire for leadership potential was predominantly related to the ability to influence and lead teams in matrix-type organisations on an international scale.

Candidates’ expectations

Professionals were attracted by innovative and inspiring companies that invested in new technologies, and by those that offered flexible working hours in a stable yet challenging environment.


For further information on the engineering & supply chain job market please contact:

Filip Loossens

+32 2 535 88 69 

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