41% of construction firms looking to increase skills of British workers, reveals survey

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4th February 2021 16:28 - Construction

41% of construction firms looking increase skills of British workers:  A survey of construction firms in the UK has found that two-fifths are looking to increase the skills of their British workers, following Brexit and Covid-19, with a third saying that they are expecting to provide more roles for UK workers.

The Migration in the UK Construction and Built Environment Sector 2020 survey by The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), however found that less than a quarter (24%) will look to increase minimum salaries and just 16% will focus on offering apprentices to people locally.

According to the CITB, the UK construction industry will need to employ an extra 250,000 workers over the next four years. 

The CITB report revealed that around 10% of construction industry workers are from outside of the UK - the majority from mainland Europe (taken from the Labour Force Survey 2019).

The survey also found that there has been a fall in construction firms' reliance on employing non-UK workers directly, from 43% who said they were 'very' or 'quite' dependent in 2019, to a third (33%) who said the same in 2020. That said, the number of respondents saying they were 'very' dependent was up in 2020, to 20%, from 7% in 2019.

When it comes to workers who are employed indirectly, many employers reported an increased reliance, with those who saw themselves as 'very dependent' increasing from 14% in 2019 to 26% in 2020. The proportion of those who said they were 'very' or 'quite' dependent on non-UK workers increased from 33% in 2019 to 44% in 2020. 

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