Engineering Consultant Demand Remains Steady in Q1 2016

Posted by Joann Hoxha on Mar 1, 2016 5:30:00 AM

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The Oxford Index for Engineering increased one point from last quarter, with an index of 110, suggesting continued demand for engineering consultants in Q1 2016.

Results of our study for Q1 2016 are based on 144 engineering managers’ responses from across North America.

Our findings revealed that for Q1 2016:

  • 23 percent of respondents expect an increase in their use of engineering consultants while 13 percent anticipate a decrease. 
  • 56 percent anticipate no change in their use of engineering consultants, while the remaining 8 percent are unsure.
  • The two-year trend of the Oxford Index for engineering consultants remains positive: all of the past eight quarters have been well above 100.

The metropolitan area that reflects the strongest anticipated demand for engineering consultants is Chicago, followed by San Jose/Sunnyvale, and Los Angeles. Several Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) show a decrease in demand for Q4 2015, including Cleveland, Boston, and San Diego.


By specialty, the area of engineering that shows the greatestanticipated demand for consultants in Q1 2016 is for electrical engineering, followed by hardware engineering, then software engineering.

Engineering skills that reflected the highest demand are electrical engineering, embedded software applications, and controls engineering.

Can you guess the types companies that currently have the greatest demand for engineering consultants? Download the full Oxford Index for Engineering Consultants to find out.

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Topics: Oxford Index, Engineering