The demand for construction jobs will rise in the period 2019-2023. Construction employment is expected to reach 2.79 million in 2023, just 2% lower than its 2008 peak.
According to the latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report 2019-2023:
- Construction output will grow by 1.3% a year
- 168,500 construction jobs will be created, up from the 2018-2022 figure of 158,000
- Public housing (3.2%) has surpassed infrastructure (1.9%) as the sector predicted to see the best growth in the next five years.
- The most buoyant of the English regions are projected to be West Midlands and the South West with growth at 2.3% and 2.2% respectively.
- Wales, which led the growth rankings for four successive years, has seen a significant reduction in growth due to Hitachi’s recent announcement that the Wylfa new nuclear build project has been put on hold.
- Like Wales, construction output in Scotland is expected to grow by an annual average of 0.5% from 2019-23, leading to marginal employment growth over the period.
What does this mean for construction jobs?
The jobs most in demand over the next five years in the UK will be:
- Other construction process managers (3,420)
- Other construction professional and technical staff (3,260)
- Wood trades and interior fit-out (2,380).
What’s CITB doing to bridge the skills gap?
We’re committed to helping construction employers deliver the pipeline of work faster, better and more efficiently. Using our evidence base on skills requirements, we will ensure employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs.
We will also help construction attract and retain new recruits. Go Construct is a web portal showcasing all the great career opportunities available in our industry.
See how CITB helped UK construction through training, funding and influencing during the last 12 months in our press archive.
How can you benefit?
If you’re keen on building and want a fulfilling, financially rewarding career delivering great projects in your area, visit Go Construct.
Find out how to access grants to train your workforce.
What’s happening in your area?
Download a single page infographic as a pdf showing details for your area based on the 2019-2023 report: