Construction Skills Shortage – déjà vu?

Posted on: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 In: Uncategorized

Construction Skills Shortage – déjà vu?

During the last major recession back in 2008, caused by the Financial Crash, the Construction Industry lost a record number of skilled workers. Large numbers of time-served tradespeople in their twilight years decided to retire and many self-employed trades moved to direct employment in other sectors such as Logistics & Distribution. This offered people more security for their families, reduced traveling and a warmer working environment.

Having worked in the Construction Recruitment Industry for more than 25 years now, I can see the impact of Covid-19 and the national pandemic having a similar effect. The growth of a click & collect economy and massive increases to online shopping will entice even more highly skilled Construction workers to consider their employment options.

Construction recovery and Covid-19

Although Boris has promised a BUILD, BUILD, BUILD recovery plan with major Infrastructure projects planned, along with extra Housing and improvements for Hospitals and Schools, Covid-19 has created a significant lag in scheme start dates and approvals.

The concern is that this lag will create a deja vu effect, the same as the 2008 Financial Crisis and highly skilled Construction people leave the sector and never return.

Joined up approach for Employers, Trainers, and Educators

South Staffs Employment & Skills Board have started their first Construction & Infrastructure sector action group meeting. This included Balfour Beatty, Finning UK, Flannery Plant, HS2, and Staffordshire Highways along with various FE and Colleges and Training Providers.

Everyone involved recognises both the challenges and future opportunities within the Construction Industry. The objective of the group is to offer a collaborative joined-up approach for Employers, Trainers, and Educators and deliver tangible outcomes for employment and skills improvements. If you have a strong desire to positively influence the skills shortages agenda within the South Staffordshire Region and you would like to be involved please do not hesitate to contact our own Jason Challoner directly on 07908 489925 or email