The Skills Shortage Strikes Again?
A lack of a trade is holding back the industry again, but which one now?
A report out today claims that a severe lack of surveyors is preventing work getting underway on thousands of UK building sites.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors claim that as many as 27,000 projects a year could be affected by 2019. A staggering 85% of surveyors questioned said that a lack of qualified candidates meant that they had experienced problems recruiting staff.
This has contributed to the 43% of surveyors who admit to turning down new business opportunities due to a lack of skilled workers.
Alan Muse, Director of Built Environment Professional Groups at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said: “Surveyors play a pivotal role in the delivery of every construction project. Simply put, without surveyors, things don’t get built.
“That’s why our research is worrying: if so many firms are turning down work due to a lack of available talent, demand for skills will soon far outstrip the supply.
“For many companies, that time is already here, but the next few years look like a real tipping point – construction as an industry looks set to grow, but at this rate it’s very unlikely that we’ll have the capacity or the capability to fulfill planned projects.”
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