UK unemployment is at its lowest for 42 years.
That’s great, isn’t it? After all, isn’t this what, as a nation, we’ve strived for?
Or, with Brexit looming, a national housing shortage, and a need for improved infrastructure, are we heading for a catastrophic skills shortage in the construction industry?
Attracting new blood into the construction industry is definitely on the agenda for Arthur McArdle, the new National President of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). This was made clear as he addressed the FMB’s National AGM and Conference in Bournemouth earlier this month.
It isn’t just bricklayers, carpenters, and construction workers that the labour market is desperately missing, but construction is set to be one of the industries likely to suffer a direct impact from increased restrictions on movement of people as we Brexit.
Currently one in every ten jobs in the UK is in the construction industry. The trouble is, as the Nation’s housing crisis continues, the construction industry is reliant on a consistent stream of trained builders and construction workers if it wants to be able to dig the nation out of this crisis.
The construction industry itself is doing its best to open its doors to a wider selection of new recruits. At present, whilst still very much in the minority, there are 320,000 women working in the construction industry.
In the 12 months between June 2016 and June 2017, employment within the construction industry rose by 45,000 and average earnings increased by 2.2%. This illustrates just how demand for workers is likely to drive up working conditions and pay on offer within the industry in a bid to tempt new blood.
Here at Mr Plant Hire, we don’t just offer plant equipment for hire, making it more affordable for organisations in the construction industry to improve the working conditions and safety of their staff. We also provide IPAF training and PASMA training that can be conducted at a client’s site, or at our London training centre. By delivering accredited training for IPAF and PASMA, we are helping organisations to upskill and retain their workforce, providing new opportunities for Construction workers to develop their skills.
To book a place on one of our training courses either onsite, or at our London training centre, give us a call on 0844 779 0211.