How to find quantity surveyors

How to Find Quantity Surveyors?

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Quantity Surveyors (or QS) are particularly difficult to hire. There’s been some alarming titles in the press for more than a decade now: “A global crisis of the surveying profession” (2008), “Surveyor skill shortage approaching critical level, warns RICS” (2015), “Easier to employ a ballet dancer than a quantity surveyor” (2017)… The latest CIOB-cross industry […]

Why are there shortages of bricklayers and how to address the crisis?

How to solve the bricklayer skill crisis?

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The latest Federation of Masters Building Survey in Q1 2019 indicates that 64% of construction businesses are struggling to hire bricklayers. While the situation is not new, it has worsened steadily since 2013. According to ONS data, there were nearly 60,000 people involved in brickwork in the UK as of August 2018. What is the scale of the bricklayer skill shortage in the UK? The Letwin report commissioned by the UK government in 2018 estimates the shortage of bricklayers to 15,000, almost […]

What is the difference between main contractors, sub contractors, builders and specialist contractors in construction

What is the difference between a main contractor and a sub-contractor?

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If you have come close to the 315,000 construction firms in the UK, you will have come across the construction lingo “main contractor”, “sub-contractor”, “builder”… This article explores what the difference is between a “main contractor” and a “sub-contractor”, and provides a list of the main construction contractors in the UK. It also clarifies the […]

The UK construction industry is experiencing severe skill shortages. Bricklayers, carpenters, site managers, quantity surveyors and labourers are particularly hard to recruit.

What are the construction jobs with the highest skill shortages in the UK?

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The construction industry is plagued by an endemic shortage of skills, due to an ageing workforce, a profession that finds it difficult to attract young employees, and the volatility of the industry. This article explores what skills are in highest demand in the construction industry. What are your strategies to address these shortages? Please leave […]