Skills Shortages Threaten Construction Upturn

With the construction industry showing signs of recovery, there are fears an expanded market will see work put on hold because “there’s just not enough people operating in the sector,” new research reveals.

Backed by August’s Markit/CIPS data, which shows the sector is on the up following a difficult July, construction and rail recruitment specialist, One Way, has found that the majority of building firms have overcome the initial hesitation of Brexit, but the ongoing skills shortages continues to pose the biggest threat.

Paul Payne, managing director of One Way told Sky News: “The sector experienced a challenging July, but the majority of that was down to firms holding back from investing because of uncertainty over the state of the market following the referendum.

“However, now the dust has settled somewhat and organisations are seeing that, actually, not a lot has changed, they’re giving projects the go ahead once again.”

“The main issue facing the industry continues to be the ongoing and ever worsening skills shortages. As we, and a number of other major firms have said, there’s just not enough people operating in the sector to work on all the projects currently in the pipeline. If the market continues to expand and becomes more positive, we could reach a stage very shortly where projects are put on hold solely due to skills shortages.”

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