Surveyors affected by skills shortages, survey finds

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1st May 2015 17:37 - Construction

A recent survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has found that 63 per cent of surveyors believe that skills shortages have Surveyors affected by skills shortages, survey finds affected the growth of their company in the first quarter of 2015.

67 per cent of the surveyors questioned cited shortages in brick layers as a problem within their firm and 65 per cent said that they were experiencing issues finding professional staff, such as quality surveyors.

However, in last year’s survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 60 per cent of the respondents said that they were experiencing material shortages. In the 2015 survey, just 46 per cent of the participants were experiencing this problem.

The findings also revealed a growth in workloads across all industries in the United Kingdom. The strongest growing sectors were house-building and commercial building.

Of the respondents, 76 per cent of the construction surveyors anticipate an increase in workload over the next 12 months, with an average of 3.8 per cent growth expected in 2015.

The findings of the survey also revealed that input costs continue to grow at a faster pace than output prices, with a net balance of 59 per cent seeing their costs rise.

52 per cent said that their output prices had increased.

Responses from some of the participants indicated that tighter profit margins are one of the most prominent reasons why contractors are becoming more selective in the kind of project that they’re willing to tender.

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