Could Brexit impact the skills shortage?

A survey of construction firms found that 59% of respondents feared that a Brexit vote would make it more difficult to find suitable workers in the industry, writes property consultant Richard Carr.

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Richard Carr bricklayers

The current shortages are benefiting tradsmen

The demand for temporary workers in the industry has increased over the past year with shortages accounting for a rise in bricklayers’ wages to £1,000 a week as competition for site workers intensifies.

70% of respondents to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) survey felt that the shortage of skilled workers is one of the most significant risks to their business.

Bricklayers in London are now earning £15-25 an hour as a shortage of skilled staff sends pay rates spiralling.

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