Skills short­age cri­sis wors­ens

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

BUILD­ING: The skills short­age in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try has got worse and has now spread be­yond brick­lay­ers and car­pen­ters to other key trades, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­search by the Fed­er­a­tion of Master Builders. The FMB’s lat­est State of Trade Sur­vey shows that al­most half of con­struc­tion’s small to medi­um­sized busi­nesses are re­port­ing dif­fi­cul­ties hir­ing roofers and short­ages of elec­tri­cians and plas­ter­ers are at their high­est point in four years. Brian Berry, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the FMB, said: “This is driv­ing up costs for small firms and adding to the pres­sure of soar­ing ma­te­rial prices linked to the weaker pound.”

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