The UKs Construction Industry Is Facing Severe Shortages
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The UKs Construction Industry Is Facing Severe Shortages

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The UK’s construction and building industry is currently suffering from the worst skills crisis since the problems in 1998. In particular, bricklayers and quantity surveyors are in extremely short supply, a survey undertaken by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has found.

This is particularly a problem when you take the government’s commitment to build as many as a million new homes by 2020, and the skills shortage could really hamper this effort. However, other areas of the construction industry, including waste management, are still performing well thanks to the professional provision of roll on roll off skips and other waste solutions.

Severe Shortages Threatening The Construction Industry

These high levels of skills shortages are set to limit not only the potential for sector growth, but place limitations on the expected (and desired) sector growth by the government. The RICS survey discovered that 53% of all those interviewed has difficulty sourcing reliable labour, whilst 71% said that they have had great difficulty in sourcing bricklayers. However, only 25% noticed a shortage of quantity surveyors.

A large portion of construction businesses rely on apprenticeships and similar projects in order to meet the demand for labour and specialised skills, but these apprentices are often inexperienced and have not had the training or higher levels of education required to be able to fulfil the requirements of these jobs.

As well as this labour and skill shortage, as many as 69% of firms have said that financial constraints, including access to sources of credit, are amongst the highest constraints to business growth. Similarly, 60% of businesses said that planning issues and other regulatory concerns acted as potential constraints.

Is The Construction Industry Still Growing?

Despite the challenges threatening the industry, the survey also showed significant areas of growth, with the number of new construction projects increasing, particularly in private housing and retail/commercial areas. A substantial number of respondents said that they had noticed a significant increase in their workloads, and as many as 29% of firms surveyed claiming that they were actually operating at full capacity.

Both commercial and private housing sectors continue to lead the growth in construction industry workloads, with a 46% and a 47% increase respectively. Growth was least firm in the public sector, with only a growth of 12% in public housing and a slightly better 21% growth in non-housing segments of the industry.

The UK’s infrastructure has grown over the past few months, with 34% of businesses seeing their workloads rise, which is a 25% increase from quarter 2 of 2015.

Simon Rubinsohn, the chief economist at RICS, said that: “future growth will only be sustainable if the growing skills crisis is addressed. The availability of both blue collar and white collar construction workers is reaching crisis point”.

Fortunately, the construction industry’s supporting industries, including waste management, are able to provide the high levels of service that building businesses require if they are to effectively grow.

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If you’re undertaking major construction work of any kind, get in touch with Skippy Nationwide today to order your roll on roll off skips. These are essential pieces of equipment to ensure that your project progresses on time and, with the current skills shortage being what it is, you will need reliable roll on roll off skips in order to keep up with the growing demand for professional constructions.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today on 03333 218402. Alternatively, you can email any questions or concerns that you might have directly to sales@skippy.co.uk, and we’ll do our best to answer as quickly as we can!

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