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Will Skills Famine Hit Your Labour & Training Costs?

According to Manpower, Portuguese bricklayers are earning £1,000 a week, double the £500 per week norm, due to a shortage of skilled British tradespeople.

Things are so bad that Manpower claims one-in-three construction companies has turned down work because of skill shortages. (Joe Quirke, GCR)

With DCLG confirming that ministers agreement to create “tens of thousands” of jobs and apprenticeships, these shortages will get worse before they get better.

 Labour Shortage
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A report by KPMG and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) warns that 51% more training will be needed to plug a shortfall of more than 14,800 trainees between now and 2017 just for London and the S. East. Overall, 20% more construction managers, surveyors, electricians and other roles will be needed to meet pipeline demand in 2014-17 than were needed in the 2010-13 period.

Read the LCCI/KPMG report here

OFF-SITE MMC is likely to benefit from this worsening situation, with Timber Frame, SIP Frame, CLT/XLAM and other factory made components coming to the aid of struggling designers, surveyors and managers by delivering high quality, accurate, modular elements. However, while factory production will help control costs, it will demand some rethinking of design, logistics and the way work is done on site.


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