As UK technology firm Dyson embarks upon a major recruitment drive both at home and abroad, its eponymous founder has bemoaned a stark shortage of engineers in Britain, saying it has become the "biggest barrier" to growth for his company.

Sir James Dyson said his company expects to employ a further 650 engineers globally this year following strong growth in revenue on the back of its new, hi-tech product lines. Despite the Dyson’s British roots, however, the company plans to recruit the majority of its new engineers in Asia, seeking…