Skills shortage is hitting council’s delivery of work
A shortage of skilled workers is impacting on the council’s ability to deliver the level of work required.
Officers at West Dunbartonshire Council have revealed they are struggling to recruit electricians, slaters, roofers and rough casters.
A report, which will go before the council’s housing committee next week notes that the issue has “impacted severely” on the building services department.
The shortage is despite a recruitment drive earlier this year.
The council is relaunching the drive this month in a bid to fill as many of the current vacancies as possible.
The report reads: “Building services continue to experience problems in resourcing sufficient skilled operatives for this work stream (despite the recruitment drive) which has impacted severely on their ability to deliver the level of work required.
“Back-up contractors for this type of work have been procured, however there is a limitation within the tender award on the value of work they can undertake which is far below the level we would need them to deliver to meet the programme.
“Building services will continue to drive recruitment to increase the number of appropriately skilled operatives whilst progressing the programme via current resources and existing back-up contractors.”