ASCOT, England, August 15 /PRNewswire/ -- 65% of CIOB members questioned in a recent 'skills shortage' survey felt that the current workforce was not sufficiently skilled, with 91% anticipating a skills shortage beyond 2005.
The research, carried out over the last three months, showed that a staggering 79% of respondents have experienced problems in recruitment during 2004/05. Respondents were asked to rate the level of difficulty across occupations. The highest level of recruitment difficulty came in 'crafts and trades' with 42% of members registering a serious problem. 60% have had some difficulty recruiting 'semi-skilled manual workers' and 'support services managers'; 56% indicated hardship in recruiting contract and site managers.
Respondents experienced some difficulty recruiting senior corporate managers, but labourers, administrative and clerical positions recorded the least amount of problems.
89% of all respondents felt there was a shortage of training placements, citing the main reasons as employer costs, and labour only sub-contracting and outsourcing.
The prime causes for the construction skills shortage was given as a combination of poor image and greater competition from more attractive industries, as well as current policies for recruiting new entrants.
Michael Brown CIOB deputy chief executive said, "This research reinforces our concern in meeting the future capacity requirements of the construction industry. Urgent attention is needed to attract more young people into our industry. The attraction of projects like the Olympics should provide an opportunity to showcase the industry and attract many more young people". It is estimated by the Construction Industry Training Board that the industry needs 88,000 recruits every year for the next five years.
Notes to Editors
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the qualifying body for over 40,000 construction professionals in the UK and 94 countries worldwide. It has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of construction for public benefit, and has won recognition from Government, other professional bodies and the industry itself as being a central voice in construction.
SOURCE Chartered Institute of Building