What Are The Issues Facing Construction?
Combining a boom in construction projects with a skills shortage means that the industry is entering a very challenging time.
In a recent survey carried out by the RICS, they found that 66% of construction professionals see the skills shortage as the biggest restraint on future growth. They also found that the roles construction companies are most struggling to recruit for are Quantity Surveyors with 57% of employers having trouble finding suitable candidates and Bricklayers with 59% of employers having difficulties in recruiting for the right staff.
According to figures by the CIOB, the construction industry will need almost 224,000 new recruits by 2019 to keep up with the current demand and 17,000 managers are expected to be needed by 2020. With 19% of current construction workers due to retire in the next 5 to 10 years and the CITB showing that only 22,496 young people began their career in the construction industry as an apprentice in 2015, the big question remains, where will the future construction workforce come from?
Another issue facing construction is the number of women working within the industry. Women only make up 11% of the construction workforce and only 1% of the workers on-site are women.
If and how these issues are resolved will determine the future of the industry and how much it grows and with Brexit looming it may be that it is a long time before we see any improvements in the industry.
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