Gas engineers ‘among the most sought after trades’, says study

Gas engineers are the fourth most in-demand job within the UK construction industry, according to a new study from online metals supplier metals4u.

The data was compiled by analysing more than 141,000 active job vacancies on Indeed, Total Jobs and LinkedIn to find the most in-demand roles in the country.

Gas engineers were the fourth most in-demand job with 9,873 being advertised. Builders, electricians, plumbers and flooring contractors were also in high demand, the study found.

London had the most gas engineer vacancies (1,949), followed by Manchester (541) and Birmingham (437).

The top 10 cities with the most vacancies are:

  1. London: 1,949 vacancies
  2. Manchester: 541 vacancies
  3. Birmingham: 437 vacancies
  4. Leicester: 346 vacancies
  5. Bristol: 284 vacancies
  6. Leeds: 256 vacancies
  7. Glasgow: 224 vacancies
  8. Liverpool: 210 vacancies
  9. Sheffield: 190 vacancies
  10. Edinburgh: 115 vacancies

Reports suggest thousands of new gas engineers will be needed in the UK by 2032 to continue working on the 22 million gas boilers in our homes, with this research indicating that there is already a considerable skills gap in the country’s trade workforce.

Paul McFadyen, chairman of metals4U, said: “Construction, building, and metal materials have been in heavy demand in the UK over the last few years, with increased development in residential and commercial properties. The growing demand for builders and other tradespeople, combined with a shortage of the right qualifications, is causing major issues.

“A recent Federation of Master Builders’ State of Trade survey revealed that 60 per cent of jobs are stalled due to labour shortages, and this is something expected to continue in the construction industry as more houses need to be built.”

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