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Job market for engineers: Tips for landing a job

Posted: 09 Sep 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Adecco Engineering & Technology  job market  engineer 

Recently, Daniel Masata, SVP of Adecco Engineering & Technology (E&T) at Adecco Group North America spoke on the phone with EE Times and answered questions pertaining to the job market for engineers from the perspective of a job placement firm.

EE Times: Talk about what Adecco can do for engineers: What are the basics that you offer engineers?

Daniel Masata: Adecco Engineering and Technology, the business that I am responsible for here in the US, is part of the overall Adecco branded business. Worldwide, Adecco is number one in the HR services and staffing industry with close to $30 billion in revenue across 60 different countries.

The business most relevant for your readers is Adecco Engineering and Technology, which is a $4 billion business in the US and has 53 specialised US offices with roughly 150 specialised engineering and technology recruiters. We also have a relatively smaller life sciences, healthcare and medical division. (I am obviously a little biased here, but I think we have the best recruiters in the engineering and technology space.)

Daniel Masata

Daniel Masata

What also makes us unique and especially attractive [to clients] is our candidate pool, the engineers and IT and life sciences specialists whom we work with. We sit at the crossroads of engineering and IT and even the life sciences market, which is a strong position to be in simply because the engineering and the IT worlds are rapidly getting closer. The semiconductor industry is a great example where in any given semiconductor manufacturing plant, you obviously have a strong group of engineers on the electrical and electronic engineering side as well as a strong IT team to help support the work that's being done in that space.

Sitting exactly at the crossroads of engineering and IT is also attractive to our candidates but the reason we have a very strong and healthy access to the candidate market is our client pool. We work with the majority of the Fortune 500 companies and can connect the best talent in the engineering/IT space with the best customers out there. And those two items, our positioning overall at the crossroads of engineering and IT and our access to our client base really describe what we are about and why we are interesting to work with for anyone out there in the engineering and IT space.

7 wearable technology jobs

An excerpt from Adecco's infographic on 7 wearable technology jobs changing the world." (Not bad salary projections on those jobs, either.) (Source: Adecco)

EE Times: How many engineers do you place a year?

Daniel Masata: On any given day, Adecco Engineering and Technology has roughly 5,000 engineers working at our client sites, our client companies. The total number of associates that my recruiting team and my sales team has working with our client companies is roughly 8,000. 5,000 of those are engineers and another 3,000 are IT specialists and again healthcare, life sciences and medical staff. So 5,000 engineers on any given day because of the fact that there is obviously churn in any organisation and we have people moving from one assignment to the next. I usually say that we have roughly in any given year 25,000 to 30,000 engineers that we place at our customer sites and that then move on to a next assignment or they get hired on full-time by those customers. Our propriety candidate base now counts over a million candidates, most of them active, some inactive, but overall roughly a million candidates in this space that we have access to.

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