The CITB (The Industrial Training Board for the Construction Industry) has published a report which anticipates steady growth in the UK construction industry during the period 2017 to 2021, despite the fears around political and economic uncertainty which have been clouding the picture for a while.
During 2017 to 2021 construction output is anticipated to grow at an average of 1.7% (this is just below the 1.8% expected average GDP growth). This means that 179,000 new jobs will be created.
A large proportion of the increase is expected to come from infrastructure projects which account for 45% of the anticipated construction growth. This means that the projections are heavily dependent on a number of high profile planned infrastructure projects – notably the Hinkley Point C and the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power stations and the first phase of High Speed 2, the UK’s planned new high speed rail network, all of which are due to start construction during this period. Private house building is also expected to continue to do well.
There are also marked regional differences with London, the South West, Wales and the North West expected to experience strong growth, whilst the North East and Scotland are likely to see a decline. Greater London in particular will see construction output rise by an annual average of 2.4% over the five year period.
What will be the effect on construction jobs?
The report anticipates that 35,740 new construction workers will be required each year to match growth, so suitably qualified personnel will be required in larger numbers. The CITB believes that some construction professions will be in particular demand:
- Non construction professionals, technical and IT staff – 5,240
- Wood trades people and interior fitters – 3,850
- Electricians and installers – 2,250
- Other construction professionals and technicians – 2,240
- Other construction process managers – 2,150
Good news for the construction industry and construction recruitment
This anticipated growth is good news for the industry and for construction professionals who have recently faced a degree of uncertainty, not least because of the question marks which still hang over the Brexit process.
At RedRock Recruitment we specialise in supporting construction companies to find the right people with the right skills to meet their needs, and as a full service agency, we are well placed to supply the professionals who are in the greatest demand – from general labourers, through all of the trades through to construction management professionals, in London, the Home Counties and throughout the Southeast. Our rigorous vetting and recruitment process saves construction companies the headache of undertaking onerous recruitment themselves. We also have access to skilled and trusted trades people who can be supplied on short notice to support your construction project.