30 November 2018

Industry unites for largest ever survey on skills shortages

Build UK, along with other leading industry trade bodies, have joined forces to build a picture of those occupations that are in greatest demand.

A survey, which will go to more than 20,000 companies nationwide, asks respondents to indicate which roles they are finding difficult to recruit for now, and which ones they expect to be challenging post-Brexit.

In order to ensure that the survey has as wide reach as possible, companies that are not members are also invited to take part in the survey.

The evidence uncovered from this survey will be used to identify where industry should be focussing its efforts to recruit new workers. It will also be used to engage with the Government and Migration Advisory Committee to support decision-making on appropriate migration for workers from the EU and rest of the world.

Suzannah Nichol MBE, Chief Executive at Build UK said: “We recognise that more needs to be done in recruiting, training and retaining the next generation of home-grown talent to meet our industry’s skills needs. However, to deliver the homes, hospitals, roads and rail projects underway and those in the pipeline, the industry also must have the ability to continue to recruit skills at all levels from outside of the UK.  This is our opportunity to collectively demonstrate to Government the extent of those skills needs and create a system that works for everyone.”

Mark Reynolds, Mace Chief Executive and chair of the Construction Leadership Council skills workstream, said: “We know that our sector will need to recruit hundreds of thousands of new workers over the coming years. We want to ensure that this recruitment is supported with targeted actions by industry and Government. This first step in achieving this is the development of a detailed picture of those occupations where we face the biggest challenge.

“I welcome the fact that the industry is unifying to develop this research, and encourage all companies from across the industry to take part in the survey.”

Hannah Vickers, Chief Executive of the Association for Consultancy & Engineering said: “With all the uncertainty around Brexit and its impact on skills, we need to make sure that our industry has a sound evidence base from which to argue, which is why I will be asking all our members to participate in the survey. We will need to come together in one voice and collectively make the case for construction to Government, ensuring that any post-Brexit agreement secures the skills our sector needs now and into the future.”

If you have not already done so, please ensure that you complete the survey.