Cleveland-area engineering firms staffed up after rough 2020 – Crain's Cleveland Business

Local engineering firms staffed up significantly in 2021 after paring back in 2020, judging by data from the Crain’s Engineering Firms list.
The number of local engineers employed by companies on the list grew 6.3% in 2021, judging by 37 companies that provided three years of consistent data. The full digital list contains 46 engineering firms that have offices in Northeast Ohio.
That increase more than makes up for 2020, when those same firms saw a 4.7% drop in the number of engineers they locally employ.
The list, however, is ranked by local engineers who’ve received a state certification labeling them as “registered engineers.” Employment for that subgroup has been more stable, falling by about 3% in 2020 and rebounding by the same amount in 2021.
Larger companies did most of the hiring: The median company on the full digital list saw employment of local engineers grow 2.6% in 2021, but the median was 7.9% for the top 25 firms appearing in the print edition of the list.
The largest company on the list, GPD Group, continued a long growth streak that was only briefly interrupted in 2020. As of Jan. 1, the Akron-based firm employed 315 engineers in Northeast Ohio, including 205 registered engineers. Both figures are up by roughly 14%.
Six locally based companies in the top 10 submitted revenue figures as well, but their combined sales growth was almost entirely negated by inflation.
Nationally, the engineering services industry should keep growing in 2022, according to a September report from market research firm IBISWorld. The report projected 2.5% employment growth and 3.3% revenue growth in 2022.
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