Half of UK Construction Workers are Worried About Post-Brexit Skills Gap, Survey Suggests

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New data reveals that more than half of the construction workers in Britain are worried by the possibility of a skills shortage as the United Kingdom prepares from Brexit.

A survey initiated by OnePoll, a polling company hired on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), discovered that output from the UK construction market is foreseen to improve over the next twelve months.

However, 53% of the construction workers in the United Kingdom consider labour shortages to be a serious challenge.

It was estimated by a RICS report earlier in the year that around 8% of the construction workers in the United Kingdom are EU nationals, accounting for about 176,500 individuals.

The latest survey suggests that construction workers in London and middle and senior managers are mostly concerned regarding a skills gap.

“With Britain set to leave the European market we must ensure that we are not left in a skills vacuum,” stated Barry Cullen of the quickly.

He embraced the newly introduced apprenticeship levy, which the survey discovered was increasing the industry’s pool of talent. However, he noted that it needed post-Brexit assurances.

Due to its high proportion of international workers, the construction industry has been very vocal regarding the risks of Brexit since last year’s referendum.

In March, it established a wish-list for Brexit, enumerating five things that it believes should be strategically prioritised by the Government as Brexit negotiations get underway.

As well as creating a concrete timeline and exerting great effort to invite foreign investment, the group at the time demanded that the Government pursue for skilled international workers to be able to come to the United Kingdom, to be able to reach an agreement for the “passporting” of professional services quicky and for it to take advantage of the opportunity to reset British agriculture by leaving the Common Agriculture Policy.

A report released by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) on Friday found out that businesses in the United Kingdom are already finding it “notably harder” to hire skilled staff for professional roles including engineering and banking as a result of a decrease in net migration.