The Oxford Index for mechanical engineering recovered slightly from last quarter’s flat demand, increasing to 102, indicating little to no change in demand for mechanical engineering consultants in Q1 2016.
The Oxford Index is a quarterly survey of projected demand for engineering consultants conducted by Oxford Global Resources. Oxford Index values above 100 suggest an increase in demand for consultants, and values below 100 suggest a decrease in demand.
Results of our study for Q1 2016 are based on 144 managers’ responses from across North America.
In relation to other engineering specialties, demand for mechanical engineering consultants is lowest (102), below electrical engineering (121), hardware engineering (111), and software engineering (107).
In addition, when engineering was segmented out by skill, demand for mechanical engineering was even lower – with an index of 84 in Q1 2016 – while electrical engineering skills took the lead, with an index of 145.
For a full report of the engineering skills currently in highest demand, as well as regional hot spots for consultant hiring in Q1 2016, download the latest edition of the Oxford Index for Engineering today.