Construction skills shortage six year high

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Skills shortage concerns in the construction industry across the North of England now stand at their highest level since 2008, with 49 per cent of respondents saying there are insufficient numbers of Quantity Surveyors available to meet current workloads, up from 44 per cent in Q1 2014.

Nationally, 54 per cent of respondents reported a shortfall of Quantity Surveyors, up from 41 per cent last quarter.

The figures, revealed in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Q2 2014 Construction Market Survey, show private housing, commercial and industrial sectors are driving strong growth across the whole of the UK.

In the North, 35 per cent of respondents said they were seeing rising workloads.

In the North, as well 49 per cent reporting a lack of quantity surveyors, 49 per cent of respondents said there was a lack of other professional or managerial workers.

The shortage of blue collar workers, including bricklayers, plumbers and electricians, rose to the highest level since 2006, with 40 per cent of respondents reporting difficulties filling positions, up from 25 per cent in Q1.

Employment prospects for the sector remain firm. In the North, 51 per cent of respondents expect employment to rise, down slightly on Q1, when 60 per cent expected a buoyant jobs market.