Current recruitment trends in the engineering sector
Demand currently exceeds supply
The engineering sector in Switzerland is facing a lack of experienced candidates: the number of job openings exceeds the number of experienced engineers, qualified to graduate level, coming onto the job market. This trend is forcing companies to look overseas for suitable candidates. The Swiss market is especially welcoming to people with international experience, as well as candidates from high-volume industries, such as automotive, or from highly regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, medical technology or even aeronautics. Overall, demand is greatest for engineers specialising in continuous improvement and quality assurance.
An extended recruitment process
We’ve observed a lengthening of the recruitment process as employers seek highly specialised profiles. Companies are putting candidates through extra rounds of interviews to assess their soft and hard skills at a deeper level. As a result, some candidates are abandoning the recruitment process in mid-stream.