Construction Sector Vacancies On The Rise
Jul 28, 2021
According to recently published ONS construction industry data, vacancies within the sector are at 35,000; the highest number recorded since 2001. In the final quarter last year ONS figures showed that the construction sector was one of the only industries to see a rise in vacancies from the previous year; and it seems the increase is only growing. It is believed that the sector will see 250,000 more workers within the next four years. It’s great news for workers with many employers making a commitment to invest in more training to boost workforce skills, increase salaries and recruit apprentices.
However, data compiled by recruitment firm Hays in May 2021 suggested that labour shortages might present challenges for the growing sector, with a 50% rise in vacancies in a six-week period. With figures suggesting that retirement could see us lose 20% of our current construction workforce this year; it’s critical that we’re able to fill the gap with fresh, new talent. With the introduction of the 2017 apprenticeship levy; it’s easier for businesses to take on new apprentices. Designed to bridge the gap between education and paid work, apprenticeships are a great option for young people, and businesses alike.
“It’s great to hear such positive news, and it’ll no doubt come as a relief for construction professionals after what has been a challenging year. As recent reports have suggested, industry output is higher than it’s been in a long time; and with such a strong recovery on the horizon it’s no real surprise that recruitment is on the up. We’ve a fantastic team here at strukta, many of whom have been with the business for five years or more. As part of our recruitment process, we work closely with local educational institutes. We have welcomed three school leavers into the business this year, offering them roles that suit their capabilities and interests. It’s important to us that we’re able to support young people as they take that first step in their careers; supporting them in reaching their full potential”.
– Adrian Diffey, CEO at strukta Group Ltd.
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