Almost half respondents in building engineering survey say their biggest challenge is attracting 'the right calibre' of workers

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21st March 2022 12:13 - Engineering

Almost half respondents in building engineering survey say their biggest challenge is attracting 'the right calibre' of workers: A survey of the UK's building engineering sector has revealed that businesses are concerned about being able to attract staff with the skills they need, with 47% revealing that attracting 'the right calibre' of people to their firms was the leading business concern.

The quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey is conducted by electrotechnical trade body, the ECA and supported by SELECT, SNIPEF and BESA. The first survey of 2022 (Q1 2022) attracted 237 participants across the building engineering services industry and looked at company performance in Q4 2021 as well as expectations for 2022.

The most recent research found that around two-fifths of survey respondents were also concerned with retaining existing employees (41%) while just fewer than half reported being unable to fill certain job posts.


When it comes to turnover, 88% of the respondents polled expect their business turnover for the first quarter of 2022 to be the same, or higher, than their turnover 12 months ago.

The survey also found that in Q4 2001, 69% of participants reported an equal or higher turnover than in Q3 2021, with 80% expecting turnover to stay the same or increase in the most recent quarter (Q1 2022).

However, a quarter of respondents were found to be concerned about changes to the inflation rate, citing that the ability to predict future rises was a leading concern.

More than eight in 10 respondents (83%) reported that they expect to employ the same number, or more direct workers in Q1 2022 compared to the last quarter in 2021. There has also been an increase in the number of companies which have seen an increase in apprentice employment rates, according to the polling, with six in 10 revealing they expect to employ the same number or more apprentices in the first quarter of 2022 than they did in Q4 2021.

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