The UK has been experiencing a construction skill shortage since the recession and now, according to City and Guilds, 1 in 20 construction companies report their tradespeople do not have the range and level of skills needed. The construction industry is of vital importance to the UK as the fifth largest employer and the fourth largest sector by turnover. There are several challenges currently affecting the construction industry and contributing to skill shortages. Huge technological advances, skilled workers retiring and not being replaced and dare we utter it Brexit are being cited as the main factors that are playing a part in the skill shortage.
CAUSES, EFFECTS AND IMPACT OF SHORTAGES OF SKILLED ARTISANS ON CONTRACTOR PRODUCTIVITY
Construction Skills Shortage In The UK | UK Construction News
The skills shortage being experienced in the UK construction industry has reached critical levels and should be addressed with urgency. To gain an understanding of the issue and to propose strategies and areas of focus, pre-existing secondary data was investigated. Primary research, in the form of semi-structured interviews, was conducted to provide opinions and recommendations on the issues. The research highlighted the extent of the shortage and how a collaborative approach is needed to address it. It is evident that the shortfall is not the sole responsibility for one party.
Construction Skills Shortage In The UK
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the index for permanent workers in the construction sector fell from The latest reading was indicative of a sharp, although softer, expansion in permanent vacancies and one that was stronger than the UK-wide trend The equivalent index for temporary workers fell from Nonetheless, the latest figure was still consistent with a marked rate of expansion, the REC said. The index for short-term staff in the construction sector remained below the UK economy average
Nowadays it seems as if the UK has a problem with skill shortages across every industry, and construction is no exception. Whilst the number of jobs in construction has remained steady over the last ten years, the number of construction jobs as proportional to all jobs has fallen. This implies a rising output, meaning that a smaller number of workers are producing the same amount of work as a decade ago.