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Awards 2022

Construction needs another 250,000 workers by 2026

At least a quarter of a million additional construction workers will be needed by 2026 to meet growing demand in the industry according to the latest Construction Skills Network report.

Authors of the report warn that with job vacancies at a record high, and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years, developing a highly-skilled workforce will be the biggest challenge contractors will face over the next five years.

If projected growth is met, construction employment could reach a high of nearly 2.78 million workers by 2026.

The largest increases in annual demand are expected to be for occupations such as carpenters and joiners; construction managers, along with a range of technical roles.

These include electronics technicians, civil engineering technicians, estimators and valuers, as well as office-based support staff.

CITB CEO Tim Balcon, said: “These future growth projections are encouraging after the stalling effects of the pandemic. However, this is set against a current backdrop of higher energy costs, material shortages, and associated price inflation that is currently hitting companies across the sector.

“The industry has a lot to offer, and there is so much potential to engage in a career that sees you enter the industry as an apprentice and leave it as a CEO. The industry needs to use its many strengths to attract and retain top talent in a competitive recruitment landscape

“Training routes into the industry will be a focus for us and we have to attract and retain those that are under-represented – in particular women and those from ethnic minorities. It will be a major task, but construction needs to evolve and reach its untapped potential for the national economy and our competitiveness on a global scale.