As it turns out, Britain leaving the European Union has had a bigger impact than we expected. With food shortages and economic problems running rampant, there are also problems within the industry that we have to consider.
A Shortage of Workers
As a result of EU workers leaving the country, the construction industry is now facing a shortage of workers. Between April and June 2021, there were 33,000 vacancies in the industry, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the second highest level of vacancies in 20 years, beaten only by the 35,000 vacancies in the previous period of March to May.
The Office for National Statistics confirmed that the construction industry had 2.22 million workers in the initial period of 2021. This is a loss of 100,000 workers compared to the end of 2020. As a result of the loss of workers, rates could be increased by at least 10%.
On top of this, back in May 2021 the number of permanent jobs available in construction jumped by 55% in the space of six weeks.
As well as this, in the second half of last year, over 350,000 applications were received for construction jobs. This year, that number has dropped to 315,000 – a decrease of 10%.
The Federation of Master Builders reported that its members had reported difficulties in almost every key trade this year. 38% reported difficulties recruiting bricklayers, and 34% were struggling to hire carpenters and joiners. These percentages of shortages were a dramatic increase compared to previous figures, highlighting the extent of the shortage that the country is currently facing.
Wage Increase for Workers
Interestingly, as a slight boost to those who are currently working in the industry, it has been shown that the average weekly wage for construction workers had increased. The amount has increased by 14% between April 2020 and April 2021.
As a result of the recent shortage of workers, it is important to make sure that your workers are being adequately trained and protected within the industry. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that all employees have adequate training in every aspect of their job role, including Health & Safety.
Why not look into the types of training that we could provide for you? At AW Safety, we offer a comprehensive list of training programmes, which can be viewed on our website. Some of our training includes First Aid at Work, Emergency First Aid and even more industry specific training such as our Abrasive Wheel course.
Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more information about what we can offer.
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