filling the skills gap in the uk construction industry.

25/01/2019

The construction industry is hugely varied and whether you have a passion for surveying or civil engineering there is likely to be a role that suits you. The current state of this sector in the UK also means that it is now a good time to be applying forconstruction jobs. If you are still unsure whether construction is for you, Randstad Construction, Property and Engineering (CPE) has years of industry experience and can help you find a role that suits your career ambitions.

Plugging the skills gap.

One of the top reasons for working in construction in the UK is that there is currently a high demand for skilled workers. According to research by Randstad, although the industry is ahead of schedule when it comes to meeting workforce demand, a number of skills gaps are appearing. Several skilled positions are facing shortages, with the industry currently 48,000 engineers short of the 365,000 required to support the population by 2050. Following the financial crisis, many skilled construction workers moved overseas for more attractive work placements, but with economic conditions now more favourable, the time is right to move into construction. 

There are opportunities for building surveyors, for example, so anyone interested in a career should ensure that they complete a degree course recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Similarly, more graduates are also needed in engineering, architecture and construction planning. Helping to plug the skills gaps in the construction industry not only means that your talents will be highly valued by employers, but also that opportunities for rapid career progression are likely to be available. Of course, even those without a relevant qualification should still consider the industry, as it offers employees a varied and exciting career.

The benefits of a career in construction.

There are a number of reasons why you may decide to enter the construction industry, with more than a million people already working in the field. Some of the best features of construction employment include: 

  • Variety – Construction is hugely diverse and whether you spend most of your time in the office or on-site there is lots to learn, ranging from the design process to the construction itself
  • Challenging – Depending on your role, you may be tasked with completing projects that require you to apply your maths and science skills creatively
  • Job Satisfaction – Unlike some other office based roles that have less tangible results, in construction there is a huge feeling of pride at being able to say, “I helped build that.” From labourers to administrators, every role in the industry helps with the construction process
  • Financial Rewards – Although wages vary based on the exact role and location, work in the construction industry can be extremely lucrative. According to our Salary Checker, the average annual wage for a civil engineer in London is £40,000, while architects can expect around £43,000.

Anyone looking to find the construction job that’s right for them should evaluate their own skills and career ambitions. When it comes to finding a position, there’s no shortage of options for both skilled and unskilled workers, so next time you’re assessing your career possibilities, why not look to the construction industry?