Posted on 11/02/2016 by Dave Irons
A shortage of skilled individuals in many sectors is creating new challenges for the labour force, and construction-related disciplines such as plant hire vacancies appear to be affected too.
Plant hire vacancies are an indication of growth in construction activity, as one of the core services underpinning the delivery of everything from new residential and commercial properties, to large-scale industrial and infrastructure projects.
According to the Construction Products Association, the UK construction industry as a whole is likely to grow by around 3.6% in 2016, and a further 4.1% in 2017; private housing will grow by 5% in each year, office construction by 7% each year, and industrial and infrastructure work will increase 21.3% and 56.9% respectively by 2019.
For all of these areas - and especially heavy industrial works - related services such as plant hire are bound to be needed to keep projects on track, and with a lack of skilled individuals it could be a better time than ever to consider entering the sector.
Professor Noble Francis, economics director at the CPA, said: "Perhaps of most importance for the industry is the urgent challenge around skills shortages.
"The availability and cost of skilled labour has clearly impacted the house building sector; the recovery in other sectors is already showing a similar vulnerability."