Construction Skills Network (CSN) report emphasises how vital attracting the next generation of workers to the construction sector will be over the next five years

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Press Release

Published: February 24, 2023

The latest CSN report, a collaboration between the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Experian’s construction Futures Team, shows demand for construction workers is still high, despite the UK’s economic downturn and uncertainty.

The report suggests that the construction industry will need to recruit a significant number of extra workers over the next five years to meet expected demand – as many as 225,000.

For scaffolding, the report says that an Annual Recruitment Rate (ARR) of 330 scaffolders will be needed, a number which takes into account movements in and out of the workforce.

The findings of the report aim to highlight forecasted trends, show how the industry is expected to change and support governments and businesses to understand the current landscape and plan for the future.

Tim Balcon, CITB Chief Executive said: “The latest CSN report clearly shows that despite current economic uncertainty, recruiting and developing the workforce remains vital to ensure the industry can contribute to economic growth.

“We know the next 18 months won’t be easy, however, I remain inspired by the construction industry’s resilience shown in the pandemic and throughout 2022.

“From building the homes the country needs, to constructing energy and transport infrastructure and retrofitting the built environment to help drive down energy bills and meet net zero targets, the need to recruit and retain talent in the sector has arguably never been greater.

“To bolster industry’s resilience CITB will strive to attract and train a diverse range of recruits for industry, equipping them with modern skills for rewarding construction careers. I look forward to working with and supporting industry and stakeholders in the challenging times ahead, emerging stronger when the recession ends.”

Robert Candy, Chief Executive of the Scaffolding Association said “Striving to attract and train a diverse range of recruits and equipping them with modern skills and rewarding construction careers is key. This is why last year, we launched National Scaffolding Week, an industrywide initiative, facilitated by the Scaffolding Association, which aims to bring all of the scaffolding and access industry together to help address our skills and labour shortages.” 

You can view the full CSN report here.


Notes for editors

The Scaffolding Association is the UK’s largest dedicated trade association representing the Scaffolding and Access industry.

The construction sector employs 2.7millon people, contributes over £100bn to the UK economy which is 7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Press Contact: Chris Seaton – [email protected] or 07979 531464.