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Business growth team promotes city as professionalsí destination of choice

22/01/14

Opportunities to fill skills gap in Aberdeen are being presented at a range of recruitment fairs being held across the UK in the coming months.

Aberdeen City Council's Business Growth team will be attending the events to promote the city as a choice destination for professionals in the energy industry and other sectors sector to relocate to.

City-based firms are invited to join the team at the Eures (European employment service) and Careers Transition Partnership events to help recruit skilled staff.

Aberdeen is the best city to live and work in Scotland, and second best in the UK, according to the 2013 Good Growth for Cities index. It presents excellent employment opportunities for a broad range of professionals, particularly in the energy sector. The city is continuing to grow and attracting significant levels of national and international business investment.

However, the region faces significant competition from overseas, particularly Norway, Sweden, German, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, in attracting personnel. The global demand for qualified and experienced engineers has a massive inflationary impact on demanded salaries and conditions, further inflating production costs and reduction profit levels and investment.

Expansion of the labour pool in the region is a long-term strategy, with work already underway to encourage more people into the sector. Educational establishments are producing graduates in all aspects of engineering, but companies are seeking candidates with experience and qualifications.

Attendance at the Eures events is free and £300 per company at the CTP events.

The Eures events take place in Glasgow on 19 February, Gatwick on 4 March and Exeter on 26 March.

The CTP events are as follows:
• Reading, 13 February;
• York, 7 March;
• Cornwall, 27 March;
• Wigan, 10 April;
• Perth, 14 May;
• Bristol, 18 June;
• Newmarket, 24 July;
• Southampton, 11 September;
• Wigan, 30 October;
• Telford, 18 November.

Any Aberdeen businesses interested in attending should contact senior employability, skills and community enterprise officer Heather Farquhar by calling 01224 523361 or emailing hfarquhar@aberdeencity.gov.uk