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Nine leading construction federations and representative bodies have revealed the 18 roles that are hardest to recruit for within the industry.

According to nine construction bodies there are 18 roles in the UK facing a severe skills shortage
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The groups have jointly called for collaboration within the industry and and government to address the skills shortages within the sector.

The joint statement was published today by the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Build UK, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Plant-hire Association, Construction Products Association, Federation of Master Builders, Highways Term Maintenance Association, National Federation of Builders and the Chartered Institute of Building.

The 18 roles they identified are:

  • Acoustic engineers
  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Ceiling fixers
  • Chartered surveyors
  • Civil engineers
  • Construction & building trades supervisors
  • Construction project managers
  • Design engineers
  • Dry liners
  • General Labourers
  • Groundworks
  • Mechanical & electrical engineers
  • Planners
  • Plant and machine operatives
  • Production managers and directors
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Structural engineers

The list came from research undertaken by each group among their members. In their statement, they call for the government to add these jobs to their “Shortage Occupation list”.

The list is part of a current review of migration once the UK leaves the EU. Roles that are featured on it will be prioritised in post-Brexit migration strategies.

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said “Speaking to companies from across UK construction we have identified some key roles where recruitment is already very difficult, or where it will become so once migration from the EU is reduced post-Brexit.

"We believe that it is crucial that we work together, as an industry and with Government to target these shortage occupations, boosting recruitment and training in the UK, while looking to sensible migration from the rest of the world to meet additional demand."

Suzannah Nichol MBE, chief executive of Build UK said “Construction projects across the UK are being held back by a shortage of suitable skills. This survey provides vital evidence of the specific roles which must now be considered by the government for inclusion on the Shortage Occupation list ensuring that we can keep Britain building.”

Hannah Vickers, chief executive of ACE, added “Whichever Brexit scenario becomes reality, we look forward to engaging with government so that the particular skills needs of our members, who design and deliver our national infrastructure, are met - whether that be through further developing apprenticeships or migration, or most realistically a combination of both. They play a vital role in unlocking economic growth and will be crucial to helping establish the strong foundations of a post-Brexit UK.”

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