A “CHRONIC” shortage of skilled workers in Britain means that some scaffolders and bricklayers are able to earn up to £24 per hour — double the average wage in this sector.
The survey, by employment group Manpower published today, showed that the outlook for jobs in construction and utilities work is the best it has been for three years with private firms.
This is in part due to a shortage of skilled workers which is driving up wages from the average of £12.18 per hour to between £22-24 an hour in some regions such as the east of England.
Responding to the conclusions of the survey, the general secretary of construction union Ucatt Brian Rye told the Star: “Due to the failure to train sufficient skilled construction apprentices for decades there are now severe skills shortages in the industry.
“This on the one hand means in some hot spots workers are able to charge top dollar but it also means that other projects could be cancelled, and harms the long-term health of construction.”
The survey also predicted that employment in transport will fall, with the sector having reached its peak.