Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Labourshortages in the construction industry increased to record levels during thelast quarter of 2002, reveals research.Thesurvey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors saw the biggest rise inrecruitment difficulties for the sector between October and December last yearsince the annual poll started in 1996.Fifty-sixper cent of surveyors reported recruitment difficulties during the finalquarter of 2002 – up from 39 per cent in quarter three. Shortages ofbricklayers are most acute, followed by plumbers and plasterers.Totalconstruction contracts also grew in the final quarter of the year, with publichousing recording its largest-ever quarterly increase. Private housing levelsremained firm.RICSchief executive Louis Armstrong said the skills shortages meant it wasimportant to highlight opportunities on offer.”Inthe current climate a career in construction is looking more and moreattractive. RICS is working hard to ensure that opportunities and workingarrangements within the sector continue to improve,” he said.www.rics.org.uk Building labour shortages acuteOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.