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Make UK has announced a new partnership with The STR Group (STR), one of the UK’s leading engineering and manufacturing recruiters.

With UK vacancies continuing to rise at a record pace – over 250,000 open STEM roles, 1.3m vacancies in total and starting salaries increasing at the third-fastest rate in the last 25 years, it’s never been more important for manufacturers to future proof their workforces.

The new partnership will provide members with access to a full spectrum of high-quality recruitment services. The STR Group’s services can help Make UK members to address any current skills shortages, whilst also helping them to ensure they have the right talent in the right place, at the right time to facilitate continuous improvement, innovation, and business growth.

All Make UK members will benefit from exclusive access to the STR Group’s priority service, with a preferred commercial arrangement.

Make UK members can contact the STR Group directly: [email protected]


Darren Day, Group Solutions Director at the STR Group, said; “The partnership with Make UK, solidifies our dedication to manufacturers and our desire to empower them with the support and resources that they are lacking to find, attract, onboard and retain the talent that they need.  

With 62% of manufacturing firms facing difficulty filling skilled technical roles, part of STR’s mission is to help educate and enable the sector so that manufacturers can gain access to more innovative recruitment services in a cost effective manner. At the STR group, we specialise in providing consultative and tailorable solutions to address individual hiring and retention needs. Combine this with our 22 years of operating within the engineering and manufacturing sectors, means that the STR Group is the perfect recruitment partner for Make UK’s members”.

Richard Rumbelow, Membership Director at Make UK said;
“We are delighted to have the STR Group as our new recruitment partner due to their deep understanding of the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Manufacturers face huge challenges in attracting and retaining talent and the STR Group have some creative solutions that will help members of all sizes meet their skills challenges. They have a genuine empathy for and, willingness to help, the sector and we look forward to working with them.”

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