Skills shortages hit more than half of mid-sized firms
Skills shortages are holding back more than half of medium-sized construction firms, according to new research from insurance group Zurich. Some 53% of mid-sized businesses said the lack of trained staff was affecting their ability to take on work, with bricklayers and carpenters cited as being particularly in demand.
The poll, for which 200 medium-sized building firms were contacted, suggests the issue could become more serious unless action is taken across the industry. Indeed, more than
half – 52% – of firms said they expect skills shortages to become a greater concern over the next five years.
Yet businesses are showing no signs of reducing their staff commitments, as just 6% expect to take on fewer workers over the coming months and years. In contrast, 28% say they intend to employ staff directly in 2015 instead of subcontracting.