Engineering Professionals - Is your industry association doing enough?
Summary: Many of my 5,000 LinkedIn connections will know of my quest to help despondent engineers in what are changed economic circumstances.....
Many of my 5,000 LinkedIn connections will know of my quest to help despondent engineers in what are changed economic circumstances. Circumstances where the number of engineers looking for work far outstrips the jobs available. Numbers of these active job seekers being estimated at 40,000 just in Western Australia and that does not even account for other depressed markets like Queensland (O&G, Mining and Power), Victoria (Power & Manufacturing), NSW (Electrical & Mechanical) and SA (across the board) where equally frustrated engineers talk to me frequently telling me "what have we become and why did we ever consider engineering in the first place?". Not a great thing happening as an industry.
And that's just the active job seekers.
This excludes the passive job seekers frustrated at work, but so caught up with the treadmill of life, alternating between uninspiring work which saps their energy, to home life which they'd like to spend more time in, but find it hard to, because their jobs are constantly on the line. No feedback sometimes from their managers. No alternatives externally. No salary increases over the years. No career progression opportunities.
And no support from industry.
And don't let media or industry associations fool you into thinking that things are improving.
The media will tell you that lots of jobs are being created. But how does this compare to the tens of thousands of jobs lost since 2005 and these individuals who'd lost their jobs have not left Australia. They are still here - silently suffering.
And with the number of jobs created, to what extent does it offer full employment?
I see through Job Transition Strategy lots of engineers telling me that even though they are "employed" they are on contract or on a casual basis with the work tap being turned on and off to suit the employer. So there is a real casualisation of jobs happening.
To prove this, I took from the ABS Census Bureau website, the seasonally adjusted monthly hours worked in all jobs by all persons from Jan 2005 to June 2018 and related that to the total number of employed persons for the same period, to come up with the hours worked per person during that period. Graph as under:
You can see that even though more people are employed, they are working "on average" fewer hours. And then there are others who've been asked to work longer hours - without getting any commensurate increase. Doing this graph for WA is a lot worse. And I'd say Queensland would be similar.
So things are not getting better.
Now I've approached different industry associations telling them, more on the career front needs to be done for engineers.
And the answer I am getting is that they have a full agenda and cannot do this.
So I thought I'd ask you as to what you feel about the need for this and whether you believe your industry association is doing enough on this front.
Here is a 2 question survey and I would really appreciate as many engineers doing it as possible so that I can take it back to the industry associations and make a case for more needing to be done for engineers by the industry bodies. Can you please help me, to help you by completing this?