While the world of construction has been impacted in all sorts of ways by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it looks like there are a few positives to come from Brexit. According to new research, the skills gap influenced by the lack of EU workers in the sector has been a benefit for UK-based construction workers. With skilled workers harder to come by than ever, construction businesses are rewarding Electricians, Carpenters and the likes with healthy salaries.
Seeing many construction workers having their hourly salary doubled over the course of the past few years; will lucrative salaries be enough to encourage new blood into the industry?
Drey Francis, Director at Engage commented on the data:
“The construction industry has long struggled with a skills shortage that has arguably been exacerbated by the stereotype of the industry as ‘male-only’ and the perception that it is not a ‘career of choice’ for most. However, this dearth of talent has led to many employers using financial incentives to source the professionals they need to do the job – hence the stark rise in hourly pay that we’ve noted in recent years.
“Given the current drop in project contracts, though, this increase in pay is certainly a worry for employers who will have to juggle resourcing needs and strict budgets. However, while the likes of Crawler Crane Operators can currently demand higher wages, firms can streamline costs elsewhere – through more efficient administrative reporting and timesheet monitoring systems – to better ensure their business withstands this slow period.”
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