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Over a quarter of a million extra construction workers may be needed by 2026, according to the latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The report provides insights into the UK construction economy and its future labour needs.
The report suggests the largest increases in annual demand will be for occupations such as carpenters/joiners and construction managers, along with a range of technical roles. These include electronics technicians, civil engineering technicians, estimators and valuers, as well as office based support staff.
- 266,000 additional workers will be required to meet UK construction demand by 2026 (53,200 workers per year, up from 2021 figure of 43,000)
- UK wide growth: All 9 English regions plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to experience growth resulting in increased demand for workers
- Recruitment: As demand soars most affected sectors will be private housing, infrastructure, and repair and maintenance (R&M)
- In the East Midlands, the volume of work will grow by an annual average rate of 3.2%, which is the same as the UK rate. All sectors will see growth over the forecast, with new work being stronger than repair and maintenance (R&M), and most follow a pattern of higher growth in the earlier years, which dips to be closer to the longer term growth trends, towards the latter years. The industrial sector has the highest annual average growth rate of 6.7%.