Work may not get underway on thousands of sites during the next five years as the construction skills shortage intensifies.
That’s the alarmist message from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who are warning that 27,000 projects a year could be hit by 2019.
More than four fifths (85%) of surveyors questioned said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting.
That is leading to paid work being turned down by many companies.
Around two in five (43%) surveying firms currently turn down new business opportunities due to a lack of skilled workers – with each of them passing up an average of five contracts per year.