Global economic growth restricted by shortage of engineers

Categories: QEPrize

26 March 2018


The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has warned that economic growth could slow down if the rising gap between demand for and supply of engineers is not addressed globally. The findings, part of the QEPrize Create the Future report, which discussed a range of engineering issues with 10,000 people across 10 countries, highlight the reliance on engineering to drive global economic growth, with a clear increase in demand for engineers in many countries.

Markets including the UK (63%), US (59%), China (63%), Germany (62%) and South Africa (67%) all stated demand for skilled engineers was higher than the supply of jobs. The report revealed that overall more than half of those polled (53%) felt there was a demand for skilled engineers which wasn’t being matched by supply.

The results have been released on the same day that the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering announces the opening of public nominations for the 2019 QEPrize, with the winner/s to be announced early next year.

Now entering its fourth cycle, the QEPrize celebrates the very best in international engineering. The prize team are delighted to welcome six international experts to the highly prestigious judging panel:

The judging panel is tasked with identifying the engineer/s responsible for a ground-breaking innovation that has been of benefit to humanity. Previous winners include:

Lord Browne of Madingley, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, said: “The findings of the Create the Future Report highlight the public’s understanding that we do not have the requisite engineering skills to match both demand and our rate of innovation. This undersupply of engineers will hinder long-term global economic development.”

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