While the UK currently lacks the necessary talent to deliver
high speed rail network HS2, engineers leaving the oil and gas sector could meet
the talent shortfall, engineering recruiter say.
This morning Chancellor George Osborne announced the
high-speed rail link connecting Crewe to Birmingham will open six years ahead
of schedule in 2027.
But recruiters operating in the sector say government faces
a challenge to ensure the right talent is in place to deliver the project on
David Leyshon, chairman at technical recruiter CBSbutler,
agreed the government faces a recruitment challenge with regards to HS2 but maintains
the project is “do-able”.
“Within the oil and gas sector, where historically there has
been a lot of transfer between rail and oil and gas and vice versa, it looks as
if oil and gas is going to have a long term downside. Therefore it’s likely we’ll
see a fair amount of skills being released from the oil and gas contracting
sector and making its way into the rail again.”