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How to deal with skill shortages in the UK construction industry?

How to choose a good construction recruitment agency

“Construction is back”

Construction Skills Network

‘Construction is back’ – according to the latest Construction Skills Network report (2018-2022) from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the UK construction sector will grow between 2018 and 2022, requiring an extra 158,000 jobs. 

Meanwhile, as calculated by the Farmer Review, it’s also estimated that the construction industry will lose 620,000 domestic workers through retirement by 2026.

Currently, the construction industry contributes to 6.1% of the UK GDP and employs 2.6 million people. 

The number of construction firms reached its highest level on record in 2016 with 296,093 firms in the UK, concentrated in the majority around around London (16% of the UK total construction firms) and the South East (17%) according to ONS data

This article focuses on:

  • What are the main types of construction projects?
  • What are the challenges in terms of skills and employment in the construction sector?
  • What are the good construction recruitment agencies?

What are the main types of construction projects?

The majority of construction projects in 2017 were private housing projects (20% of the total), followed by commercial and housing repair & maintenance (19%), non-housing repair & maintenance (17%) and infrastructure (12%).

Source: CITB

Unsurprisingly, with £222 bn to be invested by the UK government in infrastructure and construction projects until 2021, infrastructure projects are expected to be the big drivers of growth in the UK construction output in the coming years. 

To name a few, High Speed 2 (HS2) and the two nuclear projects (Hinkley Point C and Wylfa in Wales) will be the major contributors to the construction sector’s growth. 

If you’re interested to see what’s to come in the infrastructure and construction pipeline, this report is quite a good read!

The housing sector’s growth is planned to be fuelled by the government pledge in the Autumn Budget 2017 to build 300,000 new homes a year on average by the mid-2020s, with a total support for housing at £44bn in that period. 

What are the challenges in terms of skills and employment in the construction sector?

According to the 2016/17 Talent Shortage Survey (UK focus) from the Manpower Group, skilled trades such as electricians, carpenters, welders, bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, masons are the hardest jobs to find for the fourth consecutive year. 

In terms of manual professions, the CITB expects that wood and interior fit-out trades will be in highest demand, followed by labourers, electrical trades and painter decorators in the next 4 years. 

15,350 extra carpenters and 9,350 extra labourers will be needed as homebuilding projects boom according to the CITB.

How to find good construction recruitment agencies?

If you’ve experienced difficulties recruiting construction staff through good recruitment agencies, TempaGoGo can definitely help!

There are a number of construction recruitment agencies across the UK and it can be hard and time consuming to find the one(s) you can trust, quickly. 

TempaGoGo is here to help you find recruitment agencies specialised in Construction you can trust, and recruit your temporary staff quickly. 

How does it work?

Simply post your job request on our online platform, from your desktop or on the go, from your mobile, and you’ll find experienced recruitment agencies that can immediately send you CVs of suitable construction staff. 

You can then request to hire a candidate, sign the booking online, all done!

It’s completely free to use, so why not give it a go?

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