According to a new survey from Jobsite, 50% of 16 to 18 year olds are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or maths – commonly referred to as the ‘STEM’ subjects. This indicates a pleasing change in attitudes when compared to last year’s stats from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which highlighted an ongoing skills shortage.

What does this mean for contractors?

The previous statistics indicated that recruitment agencies were finding it hard to fill 43% of jobs in the STEM fields – and it’s no secret that this has been an area of concern for some time. At a wider level then, this new level of interest by the younger generation is positive for the industry as a whole, but it also highlights a closing window of opportunity for those who are thinking about becoming limited company contractors in these fields.

The message is clear, if you are employed in one of these areas and have been considering a move to contracting, now is the time – before the new generation of STEM experts catches you up and overtakes you!

Why are STEM subjects becoming so popular?

It was interesting to see some of the Jobsite statistics, which found that 84% of teenagers in the UK think that engineering is 'cool', and a huge 86% see it as a ‘creative’ career option. They also found the idea of problem solving (57%) and building things (55%) appealing. Clear progression (42%) and the high salaries (39%) were also key factors. All valid points and ones which the aspiring STEM contractors of today should take time to remember, when they are deciding whether to take the plunge and work for themselves.

Commenting on these findings, Jobsite CEO Nick Gold said, "Over the last decade, careers in tech have become aspirational. Now it's time for engineering to revitalise its image and do the same. Through role models and high-profile projects, Britain's teens are finally seeing that STEM careers are a way to satisfy a range of needs and make a real difference in society.”

How can Nixon Williams help?

Whether you work within the STEM industries or not, if you're looking to make the move to work for yourself and become a limited company director, Nixon Williams are here to help. Give our best advice team a call on 01253 362062.