Construction needs 217,000 new workers to bounce back

Construction will need an extra 217,000 workers by 2025 to meet the demand from a faster than predicted bounce-back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Forecasts by the CITB’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) have been dramatically revised as the industry recovery picks-up pace.

CSN now believe the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022 – three years earlier than the last round of forecasts in December.

According to the CSN, most English regions will experience an increase in construction workers by 2025, with East Midlands (1.7%) and West Midlands (1.4%) forecast to lead demand.

Scotland (1.4%) and Wales (0.7%) are also predicted to fare well. The only region forecast to see a slight decline in workforce is the North East (-0.1%).

The most in demand trades are forecast to be in wood trades & interior fit-out (5,500 per year), other construction professionals and technical staff (5,150), construction managers (3,600) and electrical installation trades and (3,400).

There will also be a demand for non-construction, office-based professional, technical and IT support staff (7,850).

CITB Policy Director Steve Radley said: “It’s great to see construction coming back so strongly and creating lots of job opportunities.

“We need to adopt new approaches to meet these growing skills needs and deliver these quickly. We are working closely with government and FE to build better bridges between FE and work and make apprenticeships more flexible.

“We are also making significant investments in supporting work experience that make it easier for employers to bring in new blood.

“We must also make sure that we invest in the skills that will drive change and meet new and growing needs such as Net Zero emissions and Building Safety. We will be announcing plans soon to tackle specific skills and occupations such as leadership and management, digital skills and skills related to energy efficiency.”

Source: www.constructionenquirer.com

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