Skills shortages see construction wages rise 6%

Grant Prior 1 year ago
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Construction skills shortages pushed up wages by 6% last year.

Pay increases in the industry are running at three times the national average of 2%.

The latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors also warned that skills shortages are putting at risk some of the Government’s biggest housing and infrastructure programmes.

The RICS UK Construction Market Survey showed that 61% of construction professionals have reported sharp wage rises in the sector.

Labour shortages were reported by 66% of construction professionals to be the most significant barrier to growth in the last quarter of 2015.

Bricklayers and quantity surveyors are reported to be in particularly short supply, with 62% and 60% of survey respondents having difficulty finding these workers.

RICS Chief Economist, Simon Rubinsohn said: “While workloads are still growing at a relatively healthy pace, labour shortages in the construction sector are causing delays at different stages in the development process and leading to significant problems with project planning.

“More than 60% of our survey respondents said that these resulting planning delays were an impediment to growth.

“That said, industry wages are becoming increasingly attractive, and I would hope that over time this will encourage skilled workers to return to the sector, as well as drawing school leavers and graduates towards construction industry careers.”

RICS Skills and Talent Director, Sally Speed said: “The construction skills crisis is slowing growth in a sector that is vital to UK plc.

“Unless Government looks to address the problem urgently, some of its key housing and infrastructure programmes could soon face crippling delays and spiralling costs.

“To tackle the problem, Government must deliver a new skills strategy that will enable industry, unions, and educators to work together and deliver real solutions. Apprenticeships alone will not be enough.

“Ministers must look to draw a link between education, future careers and skills.

Employers need to take the lead in improving skill levels, providing more vocational pathways to work and actively engaging with our country’s schools and colleges.”

 

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