UK construction industry set for growth in Q2
Published on 21st July 2017
The construction industry is set for further growth in Q2, according to the latest Barbour ABI market review report.
It has long been reported that there is a considerable shortage of skilled trades in the construction industry, but it’s not just the more commonly known roles - brickies, joiners, electricians etc - that are suffering.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme has revealed it is making a number of changes to its CSCS cards, with workers seeking trainee, supervisory and managerial jobs the most likely to be affected.
The shortage of experienced bricklayers and other skilled trades has significantly pushed up wages for site workers over the past year, a new survey of construction recruitment agencies has revealed.
A shortage of skilled trades is the “largest threat to construction activity” and the successful delivery of projects, the Construction Products Association has warned.
The number of construction jobs available looks set to increase in the coming months, as the Construction Products Association (CPA) Winter forecast report has predicted that the sector will enjoy 3.6% growth in 2016.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Construction Market Survey has concluded that the skills shortage is set to continue and predicted that it will hamper growth and push up wages in the sector.
The skills shortage has become so severe that two-thirds of small and medium-sized construction firms have had to turn down work due to difficulties finding the right workers.
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