Engineering firm ABB Consulting says it is struggling to recruit enough staff to keep pace with its new business wins as it continues to secure new contracts across the globe.
Despite fears of a ‘triple-dip’ recession in the UK, Billingham-based ABB Consulting is currently growing at around 20 per cent a year – but the firm has warned that future growth could be hampered if the skills shortage cannot be remedied.
ABB, which employs 153 people on Teesside, provides technical and engineering services to clients in the UK, US, Asia and the Middle East. ABB Consulting’s turnover in 2012 was £41.7m.
The firm recruited 42 people last year, of which 15 are now based in the North East, including a number of graduate and apprenticeship positions and is already on the looking to strengthen its workforce.
There is growing demand for ABB Consulting’s engineering expertise across a broad range of fields including process safety, improving operational performance and its experience in safely extending the life of ageing plants.
ABB managing director Neil Blackhall said: "Our team based in Teesside is at the cutting edge of safety, performance and compliance operating in the petrochemical, oil and gas and power industries across the globe.
"We’re constantly on the lookout for new recruits, and while we’ve got a strong apprenticeship programme which will launch later in the year but we’re particularly interested to hear from experienced engineers who can contribute at the leading edge of the business.”
To view ABB’s current list of vacancies visit www.abb.co.uk/careers
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