After the Brexit vote industry expectations about future workloads dipped but they have now regained the ground they lost. This comes from the latest construction market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The report revealed that workload and employment expectations had returned to their pre-referendum levels.
However, while expectations about work and the number of construction jobs are rising it has highlighted the shortage of quantity surveyors, which is at its highest level since 2008.
Jeremy Blackburn who is Head of Policy at RICS commented: “Many firms are currently having to bring construction professionals in from outside the UK. The lack of quantity surveyors consistently apparent in our survey is also underscored by the fact that, at the moment, under the government’s Shortage Occupation List, it is easier to employ a ballet dancer than a quantity surveyor. Even if we were to reverse this and also ensure that through Brexit we maintain access to EU workforce, we would still have a domestic shortfall of skills.”
“The industrial Strategy is a golden opportunity to align education, training and employer work paths – along with modern methods of construction – to ensure we have the skilled workforce to meet our building targets.”
The report was largely positive, but chartered surveyors continue to say that uncertainty after the country’s decision to exit from the EU is dampening activity and investment.
The survey revealed that over 57 per cent more of the businesses surveyed expected workloads to increase over the next 12 months rather than to decrease.