Does The Construction Industry Lack Skilled Workers?
As the construction industry is growing, enquiries and orders are increasing for subcontractors. This all sounds good…. the only problem is the alarming lack of skilled workers available to recruit.
50% of those surveyed by the National Specialist Contractors Council experienced difficulty in recruiting. This is due to a shortage of applicants who are classed as skilled. This has resulted in just over 1 in 4 firms having to turn work down.
The retirement of skilled and experienced workers is also increasing. On average just under a quarter of the workforce is over fifty. Furthermore 15% of those being in their sixties. The construction sector is not the most favoured route to take for a lot of people due to the lack of stable work and pay. With workers ageing and a shortage of young people coming through it raises the question of how the crisis be solved?
Both the professional image of construction and the practical side is facing adversity. One in five of job vacancies across the industry cannot be vacated. Therefore employers are struggling to find staff with the relevant skills.
A big question is why do young school leavers not want to fill the employment opportunities available? One of the reasons may be the image people have of the construction industry. Under half of the nations, 14 -19 year old’s have been reported to be interested in the industry.
The “Skills Crisis” is also influencing an increase in tender prices which are likely to escalate even more due to an anticipated 65% rise in workload over the coming year.
This creates the question, do we need to invest more in training people with the right skills to meet the demand of the construction industry?
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