Five minutes with Sharon Hill, Managing Director, Automation Experts Ltd

Can you please share a little about yourself with our visitors?

Automation Experts provides a range of specialist Technical Recruitment services supporting Drives, Controls & Automation technologies for the UK market.
Our in-depth industry knowledge and background enable us to provide Consultants who focus on niche areas, assisting the enhancement of engineering teams and optimising manufacturing processes.
We have operated within this dynamic and fluid sector since 2001 and are well versed in the changes, challenges and innovations it presents. As we continue racing towards a fully digitalised manufacturing age and the fourth industrial revolution gathers pace, we understand the need for more than just a matching service. We offer a true partnership, helping you navigate the complexities of moving your career or business forward in a positive direction.

Can you please tell us why you chose to exhibit at Robotics and Automation 2017?

The internet has become saturated with information. What began as a useful tool has almost become a rabbit warren. However much our age of technology has advanced, when it comes to choosing a new supplier there is nothing better than meeting face to face. Finding time to actively recruit for much needed staff or taking time out to find alternative work is tough. It becomes a never-ending circle, you know it’s essential to keep moving forward, but other areas take priority. Engineers will already have booked time in their diary to attend the exhibition, therefore this is an ideal opportunity to connect with people.

What will you be sharing with visitors to the exhibition?

We have a huge amount of open vacancies with many leading businesses all over the UK. We will be there to talk to those interested in a new role and also for companies who need staff. Experienced Consultants will be available to discuss your recruitment challenges and requirements.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the industry at the moment?

Lack of skilled engineering staff. There simply aren’t enough trained British Engineers, and due to various legislation changes with VISA’s, it is very difficult for skilled Engineers outside of the UK to relocate here. It is clear we have the technology, the funding, the vision, but without the people, it all comes to a standstill. Our job is to find those skilled people and understand what drives them, what would make them take a new challenge, and find them the right opportunity.

How do you feel industry 4.0 is changing the way we need to approacch recruitment?

With many companies predicting substantial benefits from connected manufacturing; having the knowledge, staff and technical skills to implement, causes problems for many.
Technology is changing, but human talent is what drives change through innovation. Recruiting, retaining and keeping current employees happy is paramount.