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Overcoming the UK construction skills shortage – By Ally Robin, director, STAR Recruitment

The UK construction industry contributes £110 billion per year to the economy, 7% of GDP, and accounts for approximately 3 million jobs according to the Government’s report on Construction Strategy. Despite this however, the industry is facing a number of significant challenges, none more so than the ever widening skills gap which if not addressed, only stands to hinder this growth. For a long time, construction companies were reliant on attracting experienced staff through natural market movement and apprenticeship schemes, which proved successful in the short term. More long term, however, this meant companies were less focused on [...]

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