Labour short­age fight

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PROP­ERTY

Skills and labour short­ages have been rated the con­struc­tion sec­tor’s big­gest is­sue, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of con­struc­tion in­dus­try play­ers.

Spear­headed by Civil Con­trac­tors New Zealand (CCNZ), the sur­vey found labour and skills short­ages was a ma­jor is­sue for 69 per cent of re­spon­dents, and for 84 per cent of those in man­age­ment roles.

Al­most two-thirds of the sur­vey an­tic­i­pated need­ing more staff in the com­ing year, but find­ing ap­pro­pri­ate chal­leng­ing.

The big­gest is­sue by far was find­ing skilled work­ers (86 per cent) but 64 per cent of re­spon­dents cited a lack of mo­ti­vated work­ers, and a third said peo­ple be­ing un­able to pass drug tests was an is­sue.

CCNZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Sil­cock said the in­dus­try was be­ing held back by ca­pac­ity but also com­pli­ance and slug­gish con­tract turn­around times.

‘‘We want a strong, suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive in­dus­try, but need change. Fo­cus should be on staff was re­duc­ing ap­proval and turn­around times for projects, and im­prov­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors,’’ he said.

‘‘We can’t do it alone. We need lo­cal coun­cils and cen­tral govern­ment to work with us to com­plete projects ef­fi­ciently and to a high stan­dard.’’

Other ques­tions cen­tred on pro­duc­tiv­ity, train­ing, staff, safety and the use of tech­nol­ogy.

De­spite the chal­lenges, re­spon­dents felt pos­i­tively about in­dus­try growth.

-Cather­ine Har­ris

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