Britain must recruit one worker every 77 seconds.
Annual 400,000 people deficit threatens the UK's housing and
British construction must recruit over 400,000 people each and
every year between now and 2021 - equivalent to one worker every
77 seconds - if it is to create the homes and infrastructure the
nation needs, according to the latest report from Arcadis.
Failure to address the skills gulf could even see the earnings
of some tradespeople sky-rocketing inside a generation, leading
to the rise of the MINTED workforce - the Most in Need Trades
The Arcadis Talent Scale has been developed to measure the true
extent of the skills crisis across the infrastructure and house
building workforce. In house building alone, the study shows
that if the UK is to increase output to 270,000 new homes over
the next five years, it will need to employ in excess of 370,000
new people. Meanwhile, when it comes to meeting forecast
national infrastructure requirements, an additional 36,500
people will need to be employed every year.
When it comes to individual skills, the greatest need is for
carpenters and joiners, where demand accounts for nearly one
sixth of all national resource requirements. Plumbers,
Electricians, and Bricklayers are also in high demand,
particularly in the labour-intensive housebuilding sector.
Meanwhile, the report identifies a need for over 7,400 Civil
Engineers and 7,300 Quantity Surveyors.
London and the South East will need to employ more people than
any other part of the UK, accounting for nearly 30 percent of
total demand (110,000 people). With major national
infrastructure programmes such as HS2 and Crossrail 2 already in
the pipeline, it is expected that companies will need to draw
heavily on the common talent pool of transferable skills if
delivery targets are to be achieved.
Outside of London and the South East, the highest skills
requirement is in the East of England and the South West, where
more than 43,000 and 41,000 additional workers respectively are
needed to meet projected regional housing and infrastructure
requirements. At the bottom of the table is Northern Ireland,
where employment demand accounts for just 3 percent of the
Carpenters & Joiners 60,409
These figures are independent of the impact of any eventual Brexit deal, which is likely to further increase the strain. In the event of a 'hard' Brexit scenario - for instance, extending the points-based system currently in place for non-EU migrants - the number of EU construction workers entering the UK could fall at the rate of attrition. If this were to play out, 215,000 fewer people from the EU would enter the infrastructure and house building sectors between now and 2020, further exacerbating the existing labour shortage.
February 26, 2017