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Leap in demand for science and technology skills in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 19:32 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 19:44 03 January 2018

Rina Durban, membership relations manager for the East of England at the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). Picture: APSCo

Rina Durban, membership relations manager for the East of England at the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). Picture: APSCo

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Demand for skills continues to increase across East Anglia with vacancies rising by 9% year-on-year to November 2017, according to research.

There has been a particular demand in science and technology roles where the number of permanent vacancies advertised has increased by 20% year-on-year while roles for contractors had also leapt 20%, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Rina Durban, membership relations manager for the East of England at APSCo, said: “Much of this increase can be attributed to a flurry of separate investments across the region as businesses increasingly look to set up or expand outside of capital to take advantage of lower overheads while tapping into fresh talent pools.

“Our members report that this is driving demand for research scientists, technicians and data analysts in the sector.

“The number of businesses based in Norwich Research Park, for example, increased from 16 to 74 from 2013 to 2016, with employee numbers more than trebling during that same period. And with organisations like the John Innes Centre, which is based there, being awarded £78m to fund four new research programmes over the next five years this trend shows no sign of slowing.”

Engineering and manufacturing vacancies had also increased, rising 12.7% year-on-year.

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