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Dyson wants to create 3,000 jobs, but fears he won't fill them

7 Feb 14  | Engineering |  Recruitment News

James Dyson, who created the market-changing Dyson vacuum cleaner, has said that he is planning to create around 3,000 engineering jobs, but because of the current skills crisis he is concerned the roles won't be filled.

According to, Dyson's fears don't seem to be unfounded either.

Last year he was unable to fill 120 vacancies for engineering roles at his company's headquarters and in a bid to tackle the skills crisis, Dyson has suggested that students should be paid to take science subjects at university.

"The solution lies at the roots: in education," he explained. "We should not be afraid to offer financial incentives to encourage the brightest students towards areas of vital national interest.

"Let them learn the skills we need to build Britain's future power stations, high-speed railways and exportable technologies. We will quickly recoup the cost."

He also spoke out about how foreign engineers who have been trained in the UK are being pushed to work abroad due to strict visa rules and too much paperwork. Dyson added that employers in Britain should be able to take advantage of these engineers, as they are often bright and have the skills required to fill vital job roles, reports

This year, 61,000 jobs throughout the UK will go unfilled due to a lack of both foreign and British engineers, Dyson claimed. The inventor has said this will lead to a number of projects being cancelled and will make the UK less innovative. 
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