Less than 50 per cent of quality control professionals are aware of training and development opportunities, despite 92 per cent of employers saying that training budgets are available, according to a new survey from JAM Recruitment.
The survey, which questioned over 200 quality professionals and a number of key employers, also revealed that 50 per cent of employees do not feel secure in their role, despite employers showing a return of confidence the industry.
Almost nine out of 10 employers feel confident about the year ahead compared with just 66 per cent surveyed this time last year.
However, pay increases and bonuses for employees remain scarce, with 52 per cent saying their salary has remained unchanged in 12 months and 70 per cent saying they received no bonus.
Lee Cartney, team manager – quality and manufacturing at JAM Recruitment, said: “While the return of confidence to employers revealed by results is encouraging, it is worrying that this is not being reflected in employees’ sentiments.
As the market outlook improves, we are likely to see demand for skills in quality increase, and those businesses that don’t do enough to retain their key people could suffer.
It is clear looking at the results that many businesses could be doing more to safeguard the future availability of quality professionals – a skill set that is crucial to the manufacturing sector as a whole.
A more encouraging sign is the increasing level of engagement with the education sector, with almost 70 per cent of employers saying they are working with schools and colleges to source new employees.”
The average salary of the Quality professionals surveyed was £36,214 across all roles and levels. For those with over 10 years’ experience - 69 per cent of respondents – the average salary was £39,966.
QMT News: May 2013
Lack of training for QC professionals risks skills gap - JAM survey
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