Not Enough Chiefs….

Lack of site managers holding back housing projects.

A severe shortage of construction professionals is holding back plans to boost house building levels across the UK.

More than a third of companies reported a lack of qualified candidates to fill vacancies in a survey by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking on sector.

The Building for Growth report revealed the skills shortage is most acute among electricians and site managers (both 34%), with project managers (33%), quantity surveyors (31%) and architects (31%) following closely behind.
It surveyed the housing supply chain from SME contractors to major national developers.

Key issues preventing the effective tackling of the housing shortage also included slow planning decisions and public opposition to development.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman, Home Builders Federation, said: “A shortage of skilled people has become the biggest concern and the industry is investing massively in training.

“If a positive policy environment and a stable economy can be maintained, the industry will continue to grow to deliver the Government’s ambition to build more homes and tackle our entrenched housing crisis.”

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