Economy and Shortages Affect the European Job Outlook

The bigger high-tech companies in Europe are recruiting EEs. Talent is in short supply, especially for smaller firms looking for very specific skills

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Despite the painful recession, the job market for electrical and electronics engineers in Europe presents a decidedly mixed picture, as job losses are more than offset by the aging of the technical workforce and a shortage of qualified engineers. The result is a seller’s market for talented technical professionals across Europe, including those just graduating from universities. Unemployment across Europe is only about 3 percent for electrical and electronics engineers, contrasted with an overall rate of about 10 percent in most locales, rising to 20 percent in a few places, like Spain and Latvia.

The need for engineers is especially high in the United Kingdom. ”Just about every type of engineer with two years experience or more will find excellent opportunities,” according to Workgateways UK, a Web site for people from abroad seeking jobs in the UK. ”Within the Mechanical and Electrical engineering discipline, jobs for building services design engineers are in high demand; in particular for commercial, office and institutional (Health, Education) projects in the UK.”

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Video Friday: Drone in a Cage

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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Remembering 1982 IEEE President Robert Larson

He was a supporter of several IEEE programs including Smart Village

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Robert Larson [left] with IEEE Life Fellow Eric Herz, who served as IEEE general manager and executive director.

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Robert E. Larson, 1982 IEEE president, died on 10 March at the age of 83.

An active volunteer who held many high-level positions throughout the organization, Larson was the 1975–1976 president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and also served as IEEE Foundation president.

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Optimize Your Lab for Hybrid Learning

Set up a hybrid teaching lab that offers professional-grade tools with seamless connectivity and productivity

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