Why your location matters when hiring engineers.

Location plays a crucial role in attracting engineering talent, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in areas with a low density of highly skilled workers.

Concentration of engineers in specific areas

Engineers tend to concentrate in specific areas, such as large cities or technology hubs. For example, in Belgium, Brussels and Antwerp are well-known locations with a strong representation of engineering talent. This can be challenging for companies outside these areas, as it can be difficult to attract highly skilled engineers. Factors such as cost of living, commuting time and available job opportunities all play a role in engineers’ decision to work in a particular area.

Competition for talent

Location is also crucial when it comes to competition for talent. Companies in highly competitive areas may struggle to attract and retain highly skilled engineers. These areas often attract large companies and technology giants, resulting in intense competition for qualified candidates. On the other hand, companies in areas with a lower concentration of highly skilled workers may have an advantage.

Think outside the box: highly skilled students

An effective solution to these challenges is to invest in highly skilled students. They are often eager to launch their careers and are more willing to move to areas with fewer job opportunities. They are looking for opportunities to grow, gain unique experiences and develop their skills, which they may be less likely to find in densely populated regions. This is especially attractive to engineering companies because it sets them apart and makes them attractive to the younger generation.

Highly educated students have the required knowledge and skills to get started in their field. They are hardly different in maturity from newly graduated engineers that companies are looking for. Moreover, they are open to new and innovative ideas and contribute themselves to an open and motivating corporate culture. They are often willing to experiment and take risks, which can lead to innovative solutions and new approaches within an engineering team.

As a bridge between companies and the newest generation, Studaro offers support in finding the right match thanks to our internal experts, filling any missing