Construction’s hardest roles to recruit revealed

Grant Prior 5 years ago
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Industry leaders have drawn-up a list of the construction trades and professions suffering from the severest skills shortages.

The trade bodies have quizzed their members and come up with this list of skills which are hardest to recruit for:

• Acoustic Engineers
• Bricklayers
• Carpenters
• Ceiling Fixers
• Chartered Surveyors
• Civil Engineers
• Construction & building trades supervisors
• Construction Project Managers
• Design engineers
• Dry Liners
• General Labourers
• Groundworkers
• Mechanical & Electrical Engineers
• Planners
• Plant And Machine Operatives
• Production Managers And Directors
• Quantity Surveyors
• Structural Engineers

The federations want the Government to add the 18 professions to its Shortage Occupation list as part of its current review of migration as the UK leaves the EU.

Construction is currently not a special case and is facing a slump in EU workers post Brexit.

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “Speaking to companies from across UK construction we have identified some key roles where recruitment is already very difficult, or where it will become so once migration from the EU is reduced post-Brexit.

“We believe that it is crucial that we work together, as an industry and with Government to target these shortage occupations, boosting recruitment and training in the UK, while looking to sensible migration from the rest of the world to meet additional demand.”

Patrick Cusworth, head of policy and public affairs at the CIOB, added: “We recognise that the construction industry in the UK needs to be more ambitious in terms of recruiting, training and developing more people than it currently does.

“However, research has shown that in the short-to-medium term the industry needs to be able to continue to access migrant labour in a number of key professions such as construction and project management and a number of site-based roles.”

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