The county of Yorkshire has a rich history and strong presence in the engineering industry, generating around £5 billion each year and providing work for over 170,000 people.
Yorkshire is home to some of the world’s most advanced engineering companies, producing items ranging from ice skating blades and hip joints to swing bridges, car engines and parts for passenger planes. Many of these companies are located in the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The Port of Hull, meanwhile, is the home of companies specialising in marine engineering and engineering training.
Due to the broad range of engineering companies in the county, graduates are in high demand, with roles on offer to those who have gained specific engineering degrees as well as those with degrees in technical sales, accounting, human resources, logistics and marketing who wish to work “behind-the-scenes” in engineering companies. Graduate engineers in Yorkshire tend to start on salaries of around £25,000 a year, rising to £35,000 a year or greater for those with experience. Skilled and suitably qualified staff with considerable experience may be able to take on head of engineering roles, which are associated with salaries of around £60,000 a year.
Employment opportunities can be found through branches of major international and national engineering firms as well as through smaller, local contractors. The retirement of skilled workers is set to contribute to thousands of new engineering posts at graduate level being advertised by recruitment agencies in the county within the coming years.