The latest report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found that the skills shortage in the construction industry worsened in the last quarter of 2016. The FMB survey asked construction companies which trades they were struggling to recruit for. As usual the trades that were found to be most difficult to recruit for were bricklayers, carpenters and joiners. Over 50% of construction companies have been reporting problems hiring these trades for the last couple of years. The trade which has seen the biggest increase in shortages is roofing. At the start of 2015 only 25% of construction companies reported struggling to recruit roofers, at the end of 2016 this figure was 46%.
|Sector||% Difficulty Hiring|
|Carpenters & Joiners||56|
|Civil Engineering Operatives||31|
|General Construction Operatives||29|
|Painters & Decorators||20|
Data from FMB State of Trade Survey for Q4 2016
Of course the skills shortage is good for many tradesmen, it means that they can pick and choose what jobs they want to do and command higher pay rates but it is damaging parts of the industry. The shortage of bricklayers in particular is causing issues on building sites with developments falling behind schedule. There have been reports of whole building projects grinding to a halt in more rural areas such as Norfolk where people don’t want to travel.
The skills shortage in the construction industry has a simple cause, we do not train enough construction workers. While there are various initiatives to encourage more young people to enter construction trades the industry it will take time to plug the gaps. In the next couple of years it is likely that construction companies will have more difficulty recruiting skilled tradesmen and have to spend more time and energy dong it.
This is where specialist construction recruitment companies like RedRock Recruitment are vital. We cannot solve the construction industry’s skills shortage but we can help construction companies find the vital tradesmen they need to get their projects done on time. Rather than construction companies themselves having to spend hours searching for the right person our experienced recruiters can leverage their contacts in the industry to find out the right people at the right time. Trades and Labour recruitment for bricklayers and carpenters is a key part of what we do at RedRock Recruitment. As well as being able to recruit bricklayers and carpenters for long-term placements we have a number of skilled and trusted tradesmen who we can supply on short notice to construction projects around London.
RedRock Recruitment provide specialist construction recruitment services for construction projects and companies in London and the surrounding areas. Working from our base in Essex we are able to recruit a wide range of skilled construction workers for short-term and long-term contracts. To find out more about our recruitment services please give us a call on 01992 807911.