Demand for construction workers is close to a 20-year high


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The staff shortage continues in construction, with 33,000 vacant jobs in the April-June period according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. It is the second-highest level of vacancies in the past 20 years, surpassed only by 35,000 vacancies recorded in the previous period from March to May. Vacancies are much higher than in 2019 as well. Commenting on the figures, Building Products Association Economic Director Professor Noble Francis said: “Between April and June 2021, vacancies were 25 per cent higher than the 2019 average, and it clearly shows that in some areas and some construction sectors there is a shortage of master switches. skills due to high demand but shortage of skilled labour, which was exacerbated by the loss of a large proportion of EU workers.” Francis highlighted recent production data that showed activity in the infrastructure, private housing and repair and maintenance markets was 10 percent above the pre-pandemic level. Mace recently revised his labor cost forecast to change from a 2 percent decrease to a one percent increase. Beard vice president Neil Sheard said catching up from last year meant more demand for workers, but the industry was losing workers, especially as the economy reopened and other opportunities opened up. During the pandemic, which has led some to leave in search of opportunities outside the construction sector, they have been waiting until now to do so.” The Office for National Statistics reported last month that the construction industry had 2.22 million workers in the first quarter of 2021, 100,000 less than the 2.32 million amount About the same period in 2020. Shearer said a restrictive labor market will be difficult for poor companies to navigate.” In our opinion, those companies that have a strong culture of caring for their employees and treating suppliers fairly with prompt payment — and come out of the pandemic in good financial shape — will be They are the ones who attract the best candidates in the future.” The latest employment data from the Office for National Statistics also showed that average weekly earnings for people in the construction industry jumped by almost 14 per cent between April 2020, when the UK was in lockdown, and April 2021. It is The highest increase recorded in any industry Construction companies are already trying to manage the exorbitant costs of a range of building materials A nationwide shortage of transport drivers and rising international shipping costs have exacerbated the problem.


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